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Sheep Factory Farms

Written by PETA | October 3, 2007

It’s not like we need another reason to boycott the Australian wool industry, what with mulesing and live export and all that already. But as if those things aren’t bad enough, I just learned that to keep the wool very fine and soft, some Australian farmers actually keep their sheep inside giant warehouses in individual pens that are kind of a cross between veal crates and battery cages.

Here’s a story about it, if you’re interested reading more. And more importantly, here is a link to our campaign to clean up the Australian wool industry once and for all.


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  • rojo says:

    russell if you can guarantee it how come every alternative involves a bare breechbreeding clips chemical injection

  • rojo says:

    hey cowardly seems my response has been lost. happens sometimes. i agree. A happy animal grows best. It’s a shame some people choose to remain ignorant as opposed to just being misinformed. Character assassination is validation of your arguments. If you can’t prove it wrong attack the messenger approach. cheers sheep exploiter

  • rojo says:

    russell. no you’re no vet. If mulesing is not for the overall wellbeing of the sheep why are all the alternatives still based on having a bare breech?

  • rojo says:

    On an aside why does peta still praise Pink after she let them down by apologising to Aussie farmers saying she was “misinformed”. httpuk.reuters.comarticleentertainmentNewsidUKSYD26543320070118

  • rojo says:

    Dear cowardly I have yet to see a farmer get hisher kicks from hurting animals. It is such a portrayal that is both incorrect and offensive. In the case of sheep all the feasible new alternatives to mulesing involve a bare breech so saying that mulesing doesn’t work is ridiculous. I’m no fan of battery anything but it is plain these sheep aren’t “terrorized”. I don’t seek validation but still get itas you do when rebuttals consist of smear and personal attack. Or using incorrect facts and illogical argument. There are great posters here eg Mike Q who really address an argument on it’s merits. Very persuasively. I don’t know about you but I get a chuckle from the observation that those who appear least qualified to comment on anothers intelligence do. regards profit driven farmer

  • Ariel says:

    Wonderful! In only one blog we have positive proof of “Misery loves company” commiserating with “Ignorance is bliss.” or it could easily be the other way around Which ever it would still be a perfect of example of STRANGE bedfellows!

  • Pam says:

    I agree with Carla! Oct.3 Well putright to the point. I was lucky enough to speak to a Tom Arnold at the Australian Embassy in D.C. I spoke to him at length about the unspeakable cruelty in the mulesing industry. He really listened to me and although he was kind and responsive to my concerns Bottom line Nothing is really going to change until 2010. Not good enoughwe all have to continue to do our best to help these poor sheep.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    It’s great to have you here Jean. JUDITH

  • Susannah S says:

    Dr. Cochran No selfrespecting hillbilly would claim the likes of you trust me. I’m from West Virginia originally so I know from hillbillies. I was raised around farm animals and also know for a fact that what has now become the “factory farm” is an abomination to many many farmers who once had humane and sustainable farms where animals were respected and cared about. The “farms” of today are truly factories in every sense of the word. Unfortunately the “products” of these factories are living breathing feeling beings who deserve far more than the shabby treatment they often receive in these places. No animal is meant to live confined no cowpig chicken or sheep and they don’t thrive in such places but just hang on and survive. Imagine living YOUR life in a space so tight you could barely move let alone lie down comfortably or turn around. Imagine that you had nothing to do nothing to look at no exercise no distractions nothing to engage that towering intellect of yours no interaction with your own kind. Imagine that you never saw the sun or felt the breeze on your back or walked outdoors or ran. Imagine that no one you knew lived to maturity and that the chances were good they would be killed right in front of you. That is the ORDINARY life of an animal on a factory farm. Sounds just peachy doesn’t it? I wouldn’t wish it on a roach let alone an intelligent mammal with feelings and yearnings every bit as legitimate as my own. Factory farms are an abomination Treblinka for the animals and dangerous for the very planet because of the pollution they cause. The sooner they are gone from the earth the better it will be for all living beings INCLUDING the farmers who have been forced to participate in this or lose their livelihood.

  • rojo says:

    Russell we can tell you are no vet. Native sheep have been highly elusive in fact no confirmed sightings as yet. The sheep do very well in the Australian climate it’s the Australian blowfly that is the problem. Do you truly believe mulesing is done for fun? Jenny yes we will be able to use petroleum based fibres so we can truly live in harmony with the environment.

  • Jean says:

    The live sheep trade from Australia to the middle east is nothing short of barbaric. The Australian politicians should hang their heads in shame to allow this imhumane trade to continue. I have watched footage of these poor scared animals being loaded onto ships of Hell destined for the middle east. These are mainly old ewes who have produced lambs year after year until they are too old to produce any more and are now considered worthless so they are shipped to the middle east. If they are lucky they will die on the long journey but if they are unlucky they will arrive alive and be subject to unspeakable torture. It would be better for these poor animals to be slaughtered humanely in Australia thus providing much needed jobs and turned into either Dog meat or mutton for Australian muslems. A bullet in the head in Australia would be much kinder and more humane than having their throats cut by a religious fanatic with a tea towel on his head in some foreign country where Animal Rights are nonexistant Needless to say we haven’t eaten lamb in this Australian household or bought anything produced from Austrlain wool since we heard about the live sheep trade and mulesing. Jean Ford Australia

  • Russell says:

    Anthony those sheep are not bred for the climate in Australia but they’re used for their high yield of wool. if they would use sheep that were native to Australia they wouldn’t have to use mulesing. Again this is PROFIT DRIVEN CRUELTY and to crudely cut off and animals skin with a pair of sheers without pain relief is NEVER EVER EVER for the animals wellbeing. Now i’m no vet but I can garauntee you that

  • Jennny S. says:

    im soo sure that we coud find an allternative to use for wool like fake wool and fake fur would b way better

  • rojo says:

    michele I admit the hourly rate for sheep is pretty poor. They do work their own hours though have free haircuts free medical and free food. Would daily veg be happier if farmers only made minimum profits? will animals be looked after better if they produce no income.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Rojo Even though most of these folks have never even set foot on a farm of any kind no less a sheep farm they are always great about telling you an Australian who deals with sheep on a farm all about Australian sheep farming. They like to tell me all about my farm too it’s helpful. I don’t know if I speak for you when I say I am not looking for validation or conversion I am trying to get people to understand that they are often a lot more ignorant to the way things are than they would like to think. I have raised cattle off and on all my life and a stressed cow is a sick cow and a sick cow is expensive. If a farmer stresses hisher animals unnecessarily profits will go down. I have never seen a cattle farmer that owned a ranch for the sake of torture. Nice to talk to you you Australian sheep torturing coward had to throw that in to make you feel more at home with my post Sincerely A cowardly hunting redneck hillbilly murderer who knows nothing about his own farm from the US.

  • V. Soto says:

    Libby I find your assertion that mulesing is a “necessary evil” as both sad and uninformed. The fact remains that not only does mulesing cause tremendous pain to the sheep but it actually facilitates read f a c i l i t a t e s flystrike in areas of blowfly activitythe very condition it is supposed to prevent. 1. The Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealands Animal Health Committee acknowledges this problem when stating “After mulesing lambs should be observed from a distance for signs of fly strike of the wound. 2. The New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry writes that “there is a risk of infection and flystrike of the mulesing wound itself”. It found that under conditions where blowflies were present egg masses were deposited into 93 of untreated mulesing wounds within 48 hrs. and into 85 of all mulesing wounds even those dressed with a blowflyrepellent treatment by the 9th day. They remarked that “the overriding finding of this trial has been that mulesing wounds are highly susceptible to strike by L. cuprina one week after mulesing irrespective of whether the wound has been chemically treated immediately after mulesing or left untreated”. 3. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture found that after mulesing “95 of untreated lambs were attractive to oviposition by Lucilia cuprina and 90 subsequently developed flystrike within 4 days of mulesing”. Onethird of treated lambs were afflicted as well. The authors conclude that “fresh mulesing wounds can be attractive to L. cuprina and susceptible to strike”. 4. The New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reports that mulesing is believed to transmit a potentially deadly disease called eperythrozoonosis which can lead to recurrent anemia bloody urine and listlessness. Eperythrozoonosis infections recur during times of stress and are caused by microscopic blood parasites that may easily be spread in the bloody conditions that mulesing creates. Many more humane effective and costefficient alternatives to mulesing are available as has been discovered not only by Australian farmers who do not employ the cruel procedure a group that is estimated to include as much as 40 of producers but also by all sheep farmers in the U.K. where mulesing is generally prohibited in favor of alternative flystrikeprevention methods. Moreover unlike mulesing which only addresses breech strikes most of the alternatives help prevent all forms of flystrike including strikes on the breech body and face. So Libby read up on the facts. You might be surprised at what you learn!

  • Michele says:

    Profit is wrong when it involves cruelty like child labour for example….

  • rojo says:

    kelleymulesing does in fact save sheep lives losses through flystrike are lower. This does not mean flystrike can’t be prevented with less pain with new technology and breeding but mulesing does work. Dailyveg Quite right profits were in mind farming is a business not a charity. What is wrong with profit? Not communist perchance?

  • Ana says:

    Alex Burbury First of all fool I am vegan. Obviously your very limited mind does not know what that means. None of the products I use have lanolin oil as an ingredient and that includes my lipstick. Now crawl back into your cave and be careful that your knuckles don’t get scraped and cut again.

  • kelly says:

    “What people fail to realize is that the process of mulesing actually saves the lives of the sheep” Sure Anthony and Libby and Alex Burberry. Yeah and the puppy millers say the dogs don’t need anesthesia for caesearans it’s better without. Good for them actually. Uncivilized goons always come up with crap like yours.

  • rojo says:

    judith what makes you think the animal is hurt. Just looks curious to me. A sheep in pain will have his head downand one in fear will be as far away from you as possible not posing for a camera. I’ve spent time in the past pulling grass seeds out of sheeps eyes they were in pain but seemed grateful not terrorised. I guess we all see what we want to see.

  • DaliyVeg Editor says:

    Mulesing is a cheap lazy way of preventing flystrike on sheep bred for maximum wool growth purely with profits in mind in a country that isn’t suitable for sheep at all. The humane alternatives might not make quite as high a return or require someone to make an effort so the animals’ welfare suffers to maximise profits just like in any animal industry. The best alternative is not to use animals in any industry.

  • Alex Burbury says:

    What do you people wanna ban next? Circumcision? Haircuts? I would like you to see the life of a sheep from birth to death they are treated extremely well by farmers who rely on their wellbeing for their own wellbeing. Ana next time you rub lanoline ointment into your hairy armpits think of where that oil came from

  • Libby says:

    V. Soto you need to read up on your facts!. Mulesing is an unpleasant act that nobody enjoys doing but it is a nesesarry evil. For you to say that the mulesing wound OFTEN gets fly struck before it heals is riduculous. Do you honestly believe that farmers would do this to encourage fly strike??? If mulesing encouraged fly strike even in 5 of cases it would not be conducted. You’re being slightly hypocritical when you tell Anthony to read up on facts with an ‘open mind’.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Rojo Get real When any animal is hurt take a good look in their eyes. It’s pure terror. If you do not believe that then you have not been up close and personal.

  • rojo says:

    No arguments from me on “battery sheep”. judith terrorized? the pictured sheep didn’t look too afraid of the photographer. 2003 for the video surely someone can update that.

  • V. Soto says:

    Anthony Sometimes I wonder if people that write posts such as yours do so as a joke maybe for kicks? I bet it’s more of a case of you intentionally making the choice to be grossly uninformed about the issues. You mention the cruel practice of mulesing with such callous disregard for the tremendous pain it causes these animals. Do you truthfully deem the barbaric practice of mulesing as acceptable? I wonder if you would be of the same opinion if that were your skin being torn off? I would venture to assume your answer would be an emphatic NO. Maybe you’re not aware that the exposed bloody wounds that are caused by mulesing often GET FLYSTRIKE BEFORE THEY EVEN HEAL? Ironic don’t you think? I’m going out on a limb and assuming you didn’t know this. I welcome you to FULLY read up on the issues with as open a mind as possible before making such irresponsible comments. You might be well served by doing so. Good luck!

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  • Carla says:

    They keep these sheep penned for years like this with minimal food and had blocked attempts by independent scientist to study the animal welfare issues behind this!! What are you people trying to hide? It’s again all about the money on the sheeps expence! Go Pink Go!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Anthony These poor sheep are being terrorized by these people just like the animals in a slaughterhouse. The people that do this in my opinion are the “REAL” terrorists in this world.

  • Anthony says:

    What people fail to realize is that the process of mulesing actually saves the lives of the sheep. Its a way to prevent flystrike being slowly eaten by maggots. Is it ugly well. Yes. Is it necessary for the wellbeing of the animal also yes.

  • Michele says:

    While the sheep in Australia seem to be in most need of our help all sheep raised for their wool are harmed in some way or another. I refuse to wear ANY wool no matter what its origin may be.

  • Ana says:

    The cruelty never ends man has an infinite well of desireability to perform cruel acts for any reason. How nice it was for me to visit Farm Sanctuary and spend time with all of the special animals there this year. I spent many days with sheep because I have a special love for them. I have been visiting for years and always feel renewed. The sheep in the article’s photo looks as if he is imploring me to help him and I certainly will. I will be their voices. Go vegan!

  • Nellie says:

    Many of us thought that sheep were still grazing happily on the hillside. Even this minimum right they seem to have been denied. I will tell everyone I know why they should stop using Australian wool.