In recent months there has been a spate of sheep racing here in the UK. During these races a stuffed toy such as a teddy bear is strapped to the back of sheep and the sheep are made to run in a so called race for entertainment, usually at some kind of village fair.
The latest takes place in Masham in the Yorkshire Dales September 30th -October 31st.
These races are stressful for timid sheep. Participating in such a race will be terrifying for them. Concerning this particular event the sheep are probably sacred enough as it is being exhibited amongst a crowd of people, this race is an additional fear for them and is unnecessary. Animals are not here for our entertainment. This event is extremely crowded with loud music and so on. It is not really a race, sheep are thrown into a panic and stampede.
Please sign the following petition
Cancel the Cruel Sheep Race element of the Masham Sheep Fair on 30th September-1st October
“Following on from the success of three sheep races and a pig race cancelled using Care2 petitions:
The Masham Sheep Fair in Yorkshire will be help on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Sheep races are due to be held on both days.
Sheep are naturally timid and quiet animals. Sheep are not natural runners and making them race is unnatural, exploitative, degrading and frightening. Animals are not ours to use for entertainment. There are many other things going on at this fair – the sheep race is totally unnecessary.
Please sign my petition to tell the organisers to cancel this event! “
Please continue reading and sign and share the petition
Please note the update at the end of the petition and take as many of the actions as you can.
“Thank you to all who have signed so far. I have set up a Facebook Online Action for this weekend. I would be really grateful if you could all take part in that also. Please see below for the link to the event with all the details.
Please could you all do as many of the following as you can:
Email organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send a Facebook message and leave a 1 star review at:
Maybe many people would think that this is no big deal in a world of turmoil and appalling suffering but for the animals concerned it is a significant trauma and it is animal cruelty. Maybe the organisers simply do not see it this way so please try and persuade them that this is cruel by writing a polite and persuasive e-mail to the organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: email@example.com and taking the other suggested actions. There are after all other events and this sheep show is popular in the area and has been so for many years without this race. My family and I went a long time ago before we knew better. I am fond of sheep but this is not a place for people who love sheep or any animal. It is exploitative, even if the organisers do not see it that way. I think there are few people who are deliberately cruel, it’s just that they do not realise the harm that they do.