Although many see it as the ultimate in free-range farming, the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her lambs grazing is misleading. These animals spend their entire lives under human control. Behind the pastoral image lies an industry that relies on the mutilation of baby animals – and where life for many sheep and lambs is short and filled with pain, disease and fear.
The lies about lambing
There is a side to sheep farming that the BBC’s popular Lambing Live programme glosses over ...
Lambs are born in mid-Winter
It fails to mention that babies who should be born in Spring are now often delivered in mid-Winter - to steal a march on the Spring lamb market!
Lambs die from hunger and hypothermia
It fails to explain the human manipulation that has brought this about and the mass deaths from hunger and hypothermia that result.
Lambs are seperated from their mothers
They ignore Viva!'s heart-rending, undercover footage of livestock markets such as Exeter - lambs separated from their mothers, shivering in the February cold; the mournful bleats of ewes calling for their babies and the shriller call of lambs replying to mothers they will never see again.
Lambs are mutilated
It would not suit the cosy image to show horrible mutilations that are routine for many British lambs - tails amputated with a knife, hot iron or a tight rubber ring, causing part of the tail to slowly die. Then there's castration. Much of it is done without anaesthetics!
Lambs are slaughtered
Slaughter? You don't want to know about that, believe us!
What you can do
Withdraw your Support
Each meat-eater in their lifetime will be responsible for the death of 23 lambs. Multiply that by an entire family...
If this disturbs you, stop eating meat. Lambs are particularly cute but so are piglets and calves and chicks and they all suffer hugely before they end up on people's dinner plates.
Go on, give it a go. You'll improve your health, help save the environment and remove yourself from this suffering.