Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA has sent an urgent letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard asking her to put a stop to cruel live exports after tens of thousands of sick sheep shipped from Australia to slaughter in the Middle East were left stranded aboard their vessels, struggling to survive in sweltering weather after being turned away by officials in Bahrain and Kuwait. One ship remained in the waters off Bahrain for more than a month before reportedly unloading the animals in Pakistan for sale to an unidentified buyer.
© Compassion in World Farming From the moment their journey begins, sheep are kept in miserable conditions.
Live Export Means Dead Sheep
Many people and companies have joined PETA's boycott of Aussie wool after learning about the cruelty of mulesing, a procedure in which young lambs have huge chunks of skin and flesh cut from their backsides, often without being given any painkillers. But there's another important reason to shed wool: Every year, around 3 million discarded sheep are packed onto ships to face their deaths in North Africa or the Middle East so that the wool industry can make even more money off the animals.
Many of the sheep starve to death, are trampled, or become ill and die en route to their final destinations. The grueling journey can last several weeks through all weather extremes, with sheep confined amid their own waste on ships that hold up to 100,000 animals. Conditions are hot and cramped—the perfect environment to spread diseases, such as the outbreaks of scabby mouth that caused these two ships to be turned away.
© Compassion in World FarmingThe sheep are crammed together so tightly, many are unable to reach food and water troughs.
Sheep who survive the journey are subjected to handling and slaughter methods upon their arrival that would be illegal back in Australia. The animals are kicked, beaten, prodded, and dragged off trucks and into slaughterhouses by their ears and legs, and some are left to die in barren feedlots in scorching-hot temperatures. Sheep have their legs tightly bound and are thrown into the trunks of cars, have their throats slit while they are still conscious, and are left to bleed to death in prolonged and agonizing ways.
What You Can Do
These are not the first cases in which sheep have been nightmarishly stranded—and unless live exports end, they won't be the last. Wool sales support this heartless and bloody industry, so save a sheep—don't buy wool products. Urge Australian Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig to end the live export of animals.
Many of the rescue cases that PETA handles involve animals in immediate peril. But even when the risks
aren't so obvious, it's still important to lend a hand when animals need any
kind of help.
Here's a case in point: When a kind lady saw these
unfortunate sheep with heavy, matted coats near a Hayfork, California, hotel,
she called PETA for help.
PETA's caseworker persuaded the animals' owner to shear them
soon afterward. Since the sheep were otherwise in good health and reasonably
well cared for, no charges were filed, but—thanks to one concerned person who spoke
up—these animals' lives have been made brighter and more comfortable.
Please always remember: Whenever you see animals in trouble,
don't look away—do something.
Written by PETA
Thanks to an anonymous supporter, PETA is now offering $5,000 for information
leading to the identification of the men responsible for this beating. The U.S.
Army has now determined that the uniforms worn in the video belong to the U.S.
Air Force, and the Air Force has launched its own investigation.
following was originally posted on January 18, 2012:
Update: After much public outcry, Army investigators are looking into
the video that depict soldiers beating a sheep with a baseball bat. “We are
aware of a Live Leak video depicting the killing of a sheep,” an Army spokesman
said. “The actions of those involved are not condoned or supported in any way.
We are currently assessing the situation to determine more information.”
following was originally posted January 13, 2012:
Last year, a scandalous video emerged of a U.S. marine throwing a puppy off a
cliff. Now there is this video of a soldier repeatedly beating a sheep with a baseball
bat to the whoops and laughter of other soldiers who are looking on. I would say
"beating to death" because that is probably what happened, but we do not know
the upshot. We only know, from watching the video and seeing the mood of the
soldiers -- and what appears to be a local lad who arrived with the animal --
that the sheep could only have come to a very nasty end. He or she tries to rise
several times but the soldier continues to thwack away amid the laughter.
PETA did what it always does when someone blows the whistle on these
incidents of gratuitous cruelty: We wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh and then, when no answer was forthcoming, to other
high-ranking officers, including Chief of Public Affairs General Stephen Lanza
and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command David E.
Quantock. No one -- not PETA and not the thousands of people who have seen this
video and are rightly disturbed by it -- has received any acknowledgment, not
even a single comforting word, that an investigation has been started.
Click here to read the full article at Huffington Post
Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Written by Michelle Kretzer
© Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
U.K. is lambasting the judge who let convicted thief Jack Taylor out of serving
jail time so that he would
be free to kill baby seals and sheep.
admitted to stealing a motorcycle because he thought there were drugs under the
bike's saddle. But instead of throwing the self-confessed burglar into the
slammer to ponder his crime, the judge sentenced Taylor to a mere 100 hours of
community service so that he could return to his two jobs: slaughtering sheep
in Norway and traveling to North America seasonally to beat baby seals to death.
PETA U.K. blasted the sentence, saying, "Imagining that
criminals might reform their deviant, anti-social behaviour by bludgeoning baby
seals to death is not only delusional but also downright dangerous."
It is not surprising that a career animal abuser appears to be
headed for a life of crime. What is surprising is that the judge apparently
ignored the fact that there is a strong link between violence against animals and violence against
people and that Taylor's crimes could very well escalate. Only by taking cruelty to animals seriously—reporting
it when it is illegal and protesting it when it isn't—can we hope to quell the incidence of crimes
Written by Jennifer OConnor
Update: After a
PETA staffer swore out a complaint against Henry Hampton, Lazy 5's owner, Hampton
finally made arrangements to trim two giraffes' painfully overgrown hooves.
Because he delayed the critical procedure and caused one giraffe to suffer for more than a year,
PETA is calling for prosecutors to pursue cruelty-to-animals charges against
him. However, PETA is open to dropping the charges if Hampton promises the
court that he'll adhere to a continual regimen of appropriate hoof care.
The following was originally posted December, 14, 2011.
North Carolina's Lazy 5 Ranch
should be the last place that schools take children on field
trips, unless the trip is meant to teach children about how cruelly animals are
treated in roadside zoos. But visiting Lazy 5 is exactly what some local
schools are doing.
In the last year and a half, federal authorities have cited Lazy
5 for 21 violations of animal welfare laws, and the
feds have also opened a formal investigation into the roadside zoo. One giraffe's hooves are so overgrown that she
has to walk on her heels. She has suffered this painful,
debilitating condition for more than a
The zoo has also been
cited for leaving a deer to languish with a hernia for more than a month after euthanasia
was recommended, failing to properly care for a deer with a large wound that
was infested with flies, failing to shear sheep who were left panting in heavy
fleece in 86-degree weather, and allowing dangerous, unsupervised public
contact with animals. The list goes on and on, and PETA
is appealing to all local schools to stay away.
local school takes children on field trips to the zoo or circus, click here for tips on reaching
out to your principal to get these cruel field trips off the list.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
It never hurts to
brush up on answers to questions about animal issues—even seasoned protesters can
get a stumper from passersby now and then. See if you know the answers to the
following five questions that often pop up in discussions about animal rights:
What's wrong with eggs and dairy products
from "free-range" animals? There
are no standards for what "free-range"
means, so animals on such farms may still spend most of their time in filthy,
crowded sheds. Cruel practices such as searing off hens' beaks with a hot blade
and relegating male calves to veal crates occur, and when the animals stop producing enough eggs
or milk, they are sent to the same slaughterhouses as factory-farmed animals.
If we don't test on animals, what
other methods are available? Computer
simulations, cell cultures, human cadavers, and clinical trials are just some
of the many options researchers can use instead of animal testing to obtain more accurate and
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What's wrong with wearing wool? In Australia—where most of the
world's merino wool comes from—sheep have been bred to have excessively wrinkled skin in order to
produce more wool. The wrinkles collect moisture, which attracts flies, so many
farmers resort to "mulesing," a gruesome and cruel procedure in which
huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs' backsides in a crude attempt
to prevent flystrike.
Should we put endangered animals
in zoos? Endangered
animals bred in zoos
are rarely released into the wild. Instead, they will spend their lives "warehoused"
in cramped enclosures that cannot come close to replicating their natural
habitats. As a result, many develop stereotypic behaviors such as pacing, rocking
from side to side, and self-mutilation. The only humane and effective way to combat
extinction is to protect animals' habitats.
What's wrong with using a choke
or prong collar on my dog? As
their names imply, choke
and prong collars inflict discomfort and pain, and they can severely injure dogs' necks and
throats. Far safer and more humane options are no-pull harnesses and halters
like the Easy Walk,
Halti, or even a standard figure-H harness. For cruelty-free dog-training tips, check
out celebrity dog trainer Tamar
Geller's video series for PETA.
Have another animal
rights question that you've always wondered about? Visit PETA's Frequently Asked Questions
chic about mutilating sheep, and the Australian wool industry's
efforts to make the sweater set appeal to the younger set via its Facebook page
have hit a snag. After PETA asked its supporters to post photos from our "We ♥ Sheep" album,
show the unlovely cruelty behind the wool industry's "We ♥ Wool" page,
the page was shut down!
The wool industry is
notorious for mutilating millions of gentle lambs every year with "mulesing,"
a crude and cruel attempt to prevent a maggot infestation known as "flystrike."
Farmers cut huge chunks of flesh—not just skin—from lambs' backsides, usually
with little or no pain relief. In agony, the mulesed lambs scuttle sideways
like crabs, and the deep wounds can take weeks to heal, often becoming infected
before they do.
You can help save sheep's skin—and
get under the wool industry's skin—by
shopping for cruelty-free clothing
by Heather Faraid Drennan
damning reports from someone working inside the University of Texas Medical
Branch (UTMB), PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
earlier this year. The USDA found, among other abuses, that sheep who had undergone
invasive experimental surgeries (including one sheep who could not stand up
afterward) apparently received no pain relief at all, that a goat
died in surgery without proper monitoring during anesthesia, and that
experimenters using ferrets in an infectious-disease study neglected to consult
with veterinary experts.
The USDA noted that experimenters failed to provide basic post-operative pain
relief to animals who had been subjected to invasive surgeries—including
allegedly leaving a dog who had tubes implanted during surgery to die without
any treatment. The agency
has cited UTMB for violating the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. UTMB
has "ongoing" problems with oversight, says the agency.
Please e-mail UTMB President David L. Callender
and ask him to immediately discipline experimenters for their cruelty to animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
wishes a very happy 60th birthday to rock legend Chrissie Hynde, who, when she isn't
using her beautiful voice to sing platinum hits, uses it to stop cruelty to
animals. From opening her vegan restaurant, VegiTerranean,
to having her hit song "I'll Stand by You" featured in a heartbreaking public service
announcement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has spent decades
advocating for animals. Chrissie's actions for animals are too numerous to
list, but here are our six favorites:
know that animals would agree with us, Chrissie—you
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Update: After the Australian RSPCA was at last permitted to board the disabled ship, they discovered that at least 200 sheep had already died. The surviving sheep are being unloaded and sent to a feedlot, a process that is expected to take several days. Australia's agriculture minister acknowledged that hundreds of sheep had died but shrugged off the deaths as being "expected."
The following was first published on August 16th.
For the past week, 67,000 sheep have struggled to survive inside a crowded, filthy multitier ship in Australia. We're betting that not all of them have made it. The sheep―either discarded by the wool industry or bred for meat―were bound for slaughter in the Middle East, a grueling journey, but when the ship experienced mechanical problems, the captain turned the ship around and returned to Australia.
Now the ship is sitting at the dock, and the sheep have been left on board to suffer in cramped quarters, mired in their own waste. Eventually, one supposes, it will be back out to sea again for these unfortunate animals.
The voyage from Australia to the Middle East can take weeks, during which time many sheep commonly starve to death, are trampled, or become ill and die, their bodies tossed overboard. Upon arrival, the survivors are dragged from the ship, thrown into the backs of trucks, and driven to slaughter, where they have their throats cut while fully conscious.
Please urge Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to put a stop to the immense suffering endured by millions of sheep and other animals every year by banning live export.
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