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Lambing lies: the truth about Britain’s sheep farms revealed in weekend of action

ANIMAL lovers across the UK will be joining forces over Easter weekend as part of a national campaign to highlight the suffering of sheep and lambs on British farms.

Although many see it as the ultimate in free-range farming, the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her lambs grazing is misleading – according to vegetarian campaigning group, Viva!.

Lambing lies: the truth about Britain's sheep farms revealed in weekend of action

ANIMAL lovers across the UK will be joining forces over Easter weekend as part of a national campaign to highlight the suffering of sheep and lambs on British farms. Although many see it as the ultimate in free-range farming, the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her lambs grazing is misleading - according to vegetarian campaigning group, Viva!. Viva! are hosting a weekend of action, involving local groups and supporters - who will be raising awareness of welfare concerns with sheep farming - by distributing tens of thousands of leaflets.

Urgent research called for into human health implications of deadly sheep virus

DEMANDS are being made of Government health experts to conduct urgent research into the risk to human health posed by a new deadly sheep virus sweeping the country. Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) has now been confirmed on 158 farms across 20 counties in England, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and the figures are expected to rise throughout the lambing season. SBV is thought to be spread by midges, mosquitoes and ticks - causing birth defects, stillbirths and miscarriages.

Bo Peep and her angry sheep come to Exeter

VISITORS to Exeter City Centre will have their eyes opened to the suffering of animals at the heart of the wool industry during a demonstration organised by animal campaigning group Viva! on Wednesday (March 18). A group of "sheep' will be revolting against "Bo Beep' over their stolen wool " calling on consumers to boycott the product and industry, which the group claims is cruel. Members of Exeter Friends for Animals will be joining the thought-provoking scene to educate shoppers about what really happens to animals in the name of fashion. Viva!

Mutton Dressed as Lamb Could Be a Health Issue Says Viva!

Concerns are raised about human health consequences of a new form of scrapie found in sheep A new brain disease in sheep looks set to throw government advisors and consumers into a state of confusion yet again, claims the vegetarian campaign group Viva! . The potential risk to humans of a new form of scrapie, now affecting as many as 82,000 sheep in Britain, was discussed at a Food Standards Agency (FSA) board meeting in Bristol at the close of last week. The board examined what measures might be taken to protect consumers from the possible risks.

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