Anguish: Ewe Mourns The Death of Her Lamb

“Sheep are able to experience emotions such as fear, anger, rage, despair, boredom, disgust, and happiness.”
 Dr. Isabelle Veissier et al., Animal Welfare1

The engraving below is entitled Anguish (Angoisses) 1879 artist Unknown, after August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck

The following is the original painting  (c. 1878) August Friedrich Albrecht SCHENCK

True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) (English essayist, poet, playwright and politician)

When I first saw the engraving above, I had not up until then seen the painting,  I was profoundly moved, the artist has captured the anguish of the grieving ewe at the death of her tiny lamb.

Detail from the painting Auguish

Standing in the bleak snowy landscape of winter with large back birds (crows) waiting to devour the flesh of her newborn her sorrow is palpable. I find that in fact the engraving more keenly portrays the bleakness of despair than the painting.

I mostly appreciate art for aesthetic reasons but since seeing this work anguish most certainly conveys a meaningful message, particularly in view of the time of year and the recent death from exposure, pneumonia and hyperthermia of an estimated million tiny lambs here in the UK.

Schenck 1828 – 1901 was known for his paintings of animals, many of which were thought to be allegorical .

In Anguish, Schenck has given his distraught ewe an expression suggestive of despair mingled with stoic determination. Recognizing these decidedly human responses, the viewer might be expected to identify immediately with the animal’s grim predicament. The ewe’s bravery in the face of the threat posed by the murderous circle of crows is perhaps, however, somewhat overstated in her defiant stance above the bleeding lamb.

There is little subtlety evident in this work. Although Anguish has a sentimental quality, Schenck did not intend this to be overt. Indeed, his sincerity in portraying the nobility in animals was not lost on his contemporaries, with a critic for Le Figaro describing the artist in 1878 as ‘One of our finest animal painters. He is one of those originals of the species not yet extinct who prefer dogs to men and find more sweetness in sheep than women’. This is by no means a derogatory statement, but is, rather, a testament to Schenck’s abilities as a painter. Interestingly, if we accept that there is an anthropomorphic quality in Anguish, then the surreal massing of the crows may well be Schenck’s method of alluding to the inhumanity prevalent in society

Read More:
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/4344/ –  Incidentally I don’t see the “stoic determination” only the despair.

Here is a philosophical interpretation:

“A mother has just lost her child; it is winter, and there’s no food. She knew he was in danger, she tried to feed him, she tried to keep him safe but in the end, after yet another bitter night, he succumbed. Her grief feels all the more real, all the more like ours, for being inarticulate and wordless; pure anguish. The crows are unbearably cruel. They gather when another is in agony; they sense the opportunity opened up by the problems of others. They are like the people we most fear – those who like it when we are miserable. The scene reminds us of a possibility we glimpse perhaps only in our own worst moments: that we won’t always be able to protect what we love, our children, our homes, our dignity… That they might win.”

Read More:
http://thephilosophersmail.com/virtues/painting-alleviates-anguish/

While the above perspectives treat this mostly as a metaphor for Human anguish and despair such of course can be manifest in animals, and sheep have emotions similar to our own.

Consider the following:

Sheep are capable of compassion and will help others even those of another species

Jeffery Massom in this book ‘The pig who Sang to the moon’ tells the story of Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram” who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

“Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did”

“He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling.”

Sheep grieve for their loved ones

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Sheep

“Research has shown that many animals grieve for their lost loved ones, but did you know that sheep do too? When they lose someone they love, it can completely shake their world and leave them feeling lost and unsettled for months. Sheep have been known to cry out for their lost friends and family in a desperate attempt to understand why they are no longer here.”
http://www.care2.com/causes/10-things-most-people-dont-know-about-sheep.html

Sheep fall in love and have best friends

(A) study showed that ewes fall in love with rams, have best friends and feel desolate when those close to them die or are sent for slaughter. The discovery could have important implications for the way farm animals are treated.
Jonathan Leake, Science Edito

So it can be established that sheep are capable of grief, therefore it is reasonable that the artist was actually portraying the anguish of the sheep and there was in fact no philosophical implication relating to human beings as such, though of course it can be implied. I am not inclined to accept artistic interpretations if they do not originate from the artist his or herself.

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/school_resource/art-start/image-bank/august-friedrich-schenck/

Maybe the art should be taken at face value which may be to convey the agony/anguish of a ewe for her dead lamb.

Personally I rather like this description with the exception of the reference to sheep being the humble servants of man:

” All the world to-day regards Schenck as one of our first animal-painters. He is one of those originals, of a species not yet extinct, who prefer dogs to men, and finds more sweetness in sheep than in women. With such fancies one leaves the city for the fields, and has only to do with animals. Our artist has taken this part after having profoundly studied his fellow-creatures. Retired to Ecouen, to a farm, he lives in the midst of oxen, dogs, goats, asses, horses and sheep of all types, races, and species ; cares for them, cultivates them, loves them, and above all studies them, as never artist studied his models. He knows better than any one their habitual behavior, their favorite poses, their preferred attitudes, and the mobile play of their physi- ognomies. By means of studying closely the joys and griefs of these’ modest companions and humble servants of man, he has penetrated the inmost recesses of their souls, which he knows how to show us in pictures of striking truth. His animals’ heads are portraits particularized with all the care which Cabanel, Uubufe, and Bonnat gave to the human mask. The picture which he exhibits to-day under the title of ‘Angoisses, ‘ is pathetic to the last degree. A lamb is wounded, lying on the ground, losing its blood, which pours out of a” horrible wound. The ravens, with their infallible instinct, scent the approaching death, and await their prey; their sinister circle is closed in, — the unfortunate little beast cannot escape them. The mother is- there ; she comprehends it, the poor creature ! the fate which awaits her dear nursling, and broken-hearted, full of anguish [it is the title of the picture, and it is just], she bleats for the shepherd who comes not. It is a little drama, this picture, and as poignant as if it had men for actors and victims.”

Reference:

Catalogue of Mr. H.L. Dousman’s gallery of valuable paintings
by George A. Leavitt & Co

Published 1884

https://archive.org/stream/b1494157/b1494157_djvu.txt  or https://archive.org/details/b1494157

Below another poignant painting by the same artist entitled The Orphan. Below is a print of this painting.

A similar subject but in reverse the Orphan Lamb left to fend for his or herself.

His animals’ heads are veritable portraits. In the picture of The Orphan (which is a companion to Anguish, exhibited with it) the mother is dead or dying, and the ravens with their infallible instinct scent the soon-to-be carrion and close their sinister circle round the sheep and lamb. The poor living helpless lamb will hardly escape them. It is a tragedy, and as poignant as if it had a mother and child for actors and victims. There are few artists more popular than Schenck and we find the reflected judgment of the connoisseurs confirming the instantaneous verdict of the multitude.”

http://www.searlecanada.org/schenck/albertschenckdata03.html

Anguish and animal rights

While the whys and wherefores, interpretations, history and so on are all very interesting; it is the subject of the art that rings so true. Both paintings depict the despair and anguish of these creatures extremely well. According to this article the painting has also been called Agony and indeed the agony of fear and sorrow is expressed on the sheep’s face and indeed on the face of the orphaned lamb. Amazing art, so powerful, so moving.

The lot of sheep left to fend for themselves in the bleak cold uplands of the UK and elsewhere the worldover has changed very little. You can read in a previous entry about the suffering of sheep and lambs who die from exposure:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/lambs-the-cruel-side-of-spring/

Tiny fragile lambs born too early as a result of human manipulation to ensure they are ready for Easter. Very much like the paintings, no shepherd comes.

Apparently in a very literal way a bird similar to crows; ravens, are harming/killing newborn lambs, yet another hazard to contend with. Hundreds of lambs die as a result of conservation gone wrong, even 10 to 12 ewes have died as a result of attacks by ravens.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/01/death-from-above-the-ravens-slaughtering-newborn-lambs/

Time to stop interfering with nature, time to bring an end to farming and the enormous suffering not only to sheep and their vulnerable lambs but all farmed animals of course.

More paintings dramatically depicting the hardship of sheep:

Above is a print of Lost: Souvenir of Auvergne (which may be a religious metaphor)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437637

An unknown work

http://www.searlecanada.org/schenck/albertschenckdata24.html

Unfortunately there is not a lot of information about this artist or this series of paintings. Some of the information and graphics came from the following website:

http://www.searlecanada.org/schenck/albertschenckdata03.html

Lambs: The Cruel Side of Spring

“During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing at our plates, we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said, “Wait a minute, we love these sheep–they’re such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?” It was the last time we ever did.”
Linda and Paul McCartney

If you have time for nothing else please take the following action to help sheep:

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

There are more actions you can take to help sheep further down. Please take as many as you can.

Spring is here – well if you live in the northern hemisphere it is. Nothing says spring more than baby animals, particularly lambs, though sadly the fate of these tiny creatures mars the pleasure of seeing these sweet gentle beings frolicking in meadows and uplands here in the British countryside. It breaks your heart to know that soon these innocent helpless creatures will be taken from their mothers and brutally slaughtered to provide meat eaters with a food that they do not need and is not natural.

The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks, a cruel end to a life which begins with such exuberant joy.

“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.”
Vaslav Nijinsky

Watch the Life of a Lamb in 60 seconds. Warning very shocking images of cruelty

Video From Animal Equality:http://www.animalequality.net/node/683 This was filmed in farms and slaughter houses in Italy, but much the same happens worldwide. Though the campaign, which was to reduce lamb consumption in Italy for Easter 2015, is a couple of years old the problem of course  remains and with the approach of Easter yet more innocent tiny lambs will meet the same fate.

If you eat meat and consume lamb it is likely on average you will have been responsible for the death of 23 lambs in your lifetime.

Lambs just like this one

or the adorable lamb in the video further down who is now safe in a sanctuary.

How about knit wear made from wool, even lambs wool? Lambs have so little wool so please do not think that someone comes along with a pair of shears and gently cuts their fleece. Lambs wool is of course always taken from slaughtered lambs. Adult sheep inevitably suffer the same fate, even though they may be sheared for a few years prior to slaughter eventually they will be killed for meat. In the meantime other than provide wool, a ewe’s main purpose is to give birth every year until they ‘re too old to do so at which time they too will be mercilessly killed. Ewes are sent to slaughter from four to eight years old when their breeding days are over.

What of rams? Ever wondered why you see so few rams? 

Usually there are about 38 ewes to one ram.

Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born – they will never smell the sweet air of spring or leap and play in the fields.

Wool and meat are all the products of the slaughter and other abuse of a gentle defenceless animal who wishes to live as much as you or I.

Shearing is often a brutal savage experience as you will see in the following video

Watch Wool in 60 Seconds Flat. Warning very shocking images of cruelty

Video From: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

If you buy a garment made of wool you support a cruel and bloody industry. There is no excuse, there are plenty of synthetic fibres many of which are in my opinion warmer than wool, easier to care for and are more durable. However even if this was not so, there is never any justification for such cruelty to another sentient being. Wool belongs to lambs and sheep. It evolved to protect them from severe weather, their fleece effectively providing  insulation against both cold and heat. At one time prior to human interference  sheep grew just enough wool to protect them from extreme temperatures, they naturally shed their wool in warmer weather.

Read about the cruelty that lies behind the wool industry including museling :

“In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the world’s merino wool—which is used in products ranging from clothing to carpets—originates, lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure called “mulesing,” in which huge chunks of skin are cut from the animals’ backsides, often without any painkillers.”
Read More and please click the Action Button

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/

It all seems so idyllic when you see tiny lambs gambolling on a warm summer’s day and you see all the hype on TV and elsewhere about lambing.

The truth of the matter is much different.

Did you know that rather than being born in the spring as the farming industry would have you believe, millions of lambs are born in January when it is bitterly cold and when a million of these babies die of hypothermia.This is done to provide meat eaters with lamb for Easter. Over the years farmers have interfered with the natural breeding cycle. High prices are paid for Easter lamb and many farmers have changed this cycle so that lambs are born earlier.

Read about the truth that lies behind  sheep farming that the BBC’s popular Lambing Live programme glosses over .

“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.”

Lambing Lies Fact Sheet

http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/fact-sheets/lambing-lies-fact-sheet

Meet Lucky the Lamb:

http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/sheep-and-lambs

Action to take.

Don’t buy wool, without exception it is a product of cruelty and death.  

Go Vegan and help others to do so.

Click the following link to ORDER A FREE ACTION PACK

Each year in Britain over 14 million sheep are slaughtered for the meat trade. Around half of those are lambs under a year old.
http://www.viva.org.uk/form/order-free-action-pack

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry if you have not already done so:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

My husband and I are regular visitors to the Yorkshire Dale and Moors  and the Durham Dales. It is a delight in spring to see the mothers with their curious playful lambs. They ‘re so full of joy, skipping and jumping or lying close to one another in the summer sunshine. This is of course in April or later. Earlier in the year it is a sad experience to see these tiny lambs huddled near their mothers who also are struggling to survive against the cold of winter, yes I have seen lambs as early as January and most certainly by mid February and early March when the wind can be bitter with driving rain, sleet and snow. The Yorkshire Moors and Dales are beautiful scenic places and on a visit in spring or summer many people are oblivious to the realities of this harsh climate in which these fragile animals have to endure. The lucky ones who survive, if lucky is indeed the correct word, will in a few short months be rounded up and taken to slaughter. There is definitely a different feel to the place when all these tiny beings so full of life are taken away. One weekend you can be driving through or hiking and see hundreds of lambs and their mothers and the following week the hills are bare of these baby creatures, only the mothers remain to face another autumn when once gain they are impregnated and endure the whole miserable cycle again.

Lambs are beautiful creatures, gentle often friendly. We have had lambs and sometimes their mothers come up to us curious about us as we are about them, though the mothers can be very protective of their offspring and you can be met with loud angry bleats. So unless they readily approach you when hill walking it is best to leave them alone as many sheep are timid creatures.

Lambs and sheep of course are sentient like your dog or your cat:

“Sheep show compassion! Form bonds!

Judge for yourself.

Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the Moon tells the story of Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram” who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

“Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did”

“He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling”

Read more about sentience in Sheep
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Look at the video of this adorable lamb, surely there can be no doubt that this little animal is a thinking, feeling, aware being.

Related Links

Read more about the cruel abuse of sheep and lambs :

“Each year over 4 million sheep die of cold and hunger, the complications of pregnancy, injury, infestation and illness such as pneumonia and exposure. Each year one million lambs die of exposure. Often blamed on foxes, in reality the high losses are the direct result of neglect and exploitation by farmers themselves.”

“The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks.  Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born. Ewes are killed from four to eight years after their breeding days are over. The meat from older sheep is called mutton and is less popular than lamb and used for processed foods.”

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Horrifying truth of wool industry laid bare as sheep are skinned alive in undercover video
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrifying-truth-wool-industry-laid-8155711

A wool jumper is just as cruel as a mink coat:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-wool-jumper-is-just-as-cruel-as-a-mink-coat-9610133.html

Please Take Action to Help Sheep

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Please read the following information from PETA and take the recommended actions

“PETA recently revealed cruelty to sheep at “sustainable” farms in the Ovis 21 network in Argentina and is now exposing another wool farm there. At this farm, workers cut off parts of gentle lambs’ ears, put tight rings around their scrotums, and cut off their tails—all without any pain relief. Shearers hit sheep with electric clippers, slammed them to the floor, and kicked and stood on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut and bleeding, and they weren’t given any painkillers before workers used a needle and thread to sew up their gaping wounds.

After receiving the footage, Chargeurs—a company that supplies wool to retailers around the world—cut ties with the farm, which it had trusted for years. The cruelty documented on this farm is not unique, and similar abuses have also been found at dozens of farms and shearing sheds across Australia and the U.S. There’s simply no such thing as “humane wool,” and that’s why rejecting wool is the best way to help protect lambs and sheep from abuse.

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this farm, and ask that it move completely away from buying and selling wool—as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty, it’s a good time for it to make the switch to vegan wool.

Take Action for sheep

Please click the following links to send messages to Chargeurs , Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew, and Patagonia. 

Do read the information if you can. Warning there are upsetting graphics and videos. If you wish to take the actions without seeing the graphics Click the Take Action Button which takes you directly to the message.

Chargeurs  

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this Argentinian farm, and also urge the company to move away completely from buying and selling wool. It’s time for the company to shift to sourcing vegan wool as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty.

http://investigations.peta.org/argentine-wool-farm-lambs-mutilated-exposed/?utm_campaign=Argentine%20Wool%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew,

Please ask leading sellers of wool to drop it immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. For Ralph Lauren, click the following link and use the form at the bottom of the webpage. For J.Crew, send an e-mail to mdrexler@jcrew.com from your personal account.

http://investigations.peta.org/australia-us-wool/

Patagonia

Please thank Patagonia for dropping Ovis 21, but urge them to drop all wool in favor of animal-friendly materials because there is simply no such thing as humane wool.

http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/

There are template letters to help you, please personalise if you can but if for some reason this is not possible please send anyway.

More information about sheep

Sheep suffer from the abuse of farming worldwide:

Animal Rights: Factory Farming
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Help Our Sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/help_our_sheep.htm

Sheep are Sentient Creatures

Sheep are amazing creatures more intelligent than you may realise. They are sentient beings and feel pain and suffer as you or I your cat or your dog. There should be no place in any modern ethical society that allows the mistreatment and terrible cruelty that is handed out to sheep the world over day after day after suffering day.

Please send as many of the above messages as you can and please stop buying wool and change your diet to vegan to help not only the horrific exploitation of sheep but other helpless defenceless animals who suffer unimaginable cruelty very single day of their short lives.

Here is a lovely story that shows sheep to be sentient creatures capable of compassion, caring and forming bonds.

Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the moon tells the story of Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram” who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

“Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did”

“He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling.

Read more about sentience in sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Patagonia Sheep Cruelty Update

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Anyone who has sent the PETA message to Patagonia has most likely received the following e-mail from PETA. Please read and take the suggested action.

“Last week, we showed you an eyewitness video of workers abusing, mutilating, and neglecting lambs and sheep exploited for wool. Thank you for taking action!

PETA is pleased to report that Patagonia has halted all wool purchases following the release of that highly disturbing video evidence of violent cruelty to animals on farms that are part of the Ovis 21 network in Argentina—the clothing company’s wool supplier. Patagonia’s CEO has announced that the company won’t buy wool again until it’s assured of “the humane treatment of animals.” PETA praises the new move, as all steps are good steps, but cautions that as Patagonia delves deeper into the wool supply chain, it will find that cruelty will always be a part of wool production—as we have found in Australia, the U.S., and now Argentina. If the company is honest, we doubt it could return to buying real wool again.

No matter where wool comes from, lambs and sheep will suffer when their tails are cut off and they’re painfully castrated. And all sheep used for their wool are eventually slaughtered when their usefulness wears out—including those who are punched, thrown, and cut up during shearing, something that PETA has found occurs at shearing sheds around the world.

Please take a moment to thank Patagonia for halting its wool purchases and urge the company to drop wool for good.

Please go to the this link  http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/#pledge and send the latest message thanking Patagonia for deciding to stop buying wool until it can ensure that animals are treated humanely but also reminding them that no matter where wool comes from, lambs and sheep will suffer having their tails cut off and painful castration and other abuses such as kicking and punching and rough shearing. There is a template letter but please try and use your own words if possible but please send and share.

This is good news indeed. Though as the letter explains there is always cruelty involved in the wool industry.  One way to stop this of course is to stop buying wool.

Never forget that sheep are sentient creatures who suffer terribly as a result of their exploitation for wool and meat.

Sheep learns how to open gates – Intelligent sheep

Lambs Playing King of the Castle

Click this link to watch a video of a jumping sheep who is clearly enjoying herself playing with a dog:
http://freefromharm.org/farm-animal-intelligence/the-sheep-who-jumps-for-joy-on-the-will-to-live-in-all-animals/

By clicking the following link you can read more accounts and view more videos and photos that show sheep are sentient animals

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http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Related Link

Stella McCartney Cuts Ties With One of Her Wool Suppliers as PETA Video Exposes Routine Mutilations
http://www.peta.org/blog/stella-mccartney-cuts-ties-with-wool-supplier-as-peta-video-exposes-routine-mutilations/

Please Help Stop Cruelty to Lambs

 

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Please read the following and take as much action as you can.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA have exposed horrendous cruel treatment of lambs including skinning them alive! This barbarity must be stopped, there is no place for such abuse in any modern society, there never has been.

Warming disturbing images

Please click the link below to send a message
http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/ There are more ideas for actions you can take further down including contact details for Patagonia and the wool supplier Ovis 21

I have included some of the information below for those of you who may not wish to view disturbing images. You can send the message included in the above link by clicking the Take Action button right at the top without the need to view the video or photographs.

Patagonia’s ‘Sustainable Wool’ Supplier Exposed: Lambs Skinned Alive, Throats Slit, Tails Cut Off

“A gut-churning PETA video exposé reveals that life is hell for lambs and other sheep exploited for so-called “responsibly sourced” wool on so-called “sustainable” farms. A witness found workers in Argentina hacking into fully conscious lambs, starting to skin some of them while they were still alive and kicking, and otherwise mutilating, abusing, and neglecting lambs and sheep on farms in the Ovis 21 network—Patagonia’s wool supplier.”

Workers picked up gentle lambs and—while they were fully conscious—tied their legs together, plunged knives into their throats, and sawed through their necks. Blood poured from the wounds as they kicked with their only free leg. Workers then snapped their heads backwards, apparently trying to break their necks.

Even after all that, some of the lambs still managed to cry out and gasp.

Minutes later, some lambs were still alive and kicking when a worker drove a knife into their legs to start skinning them. Eventually, they were hacked apart. Their organs were carved out of their bodies and their severed heads dumped into a bloody tub.

All this happened in full view of other lambs. They were just feet away and cried out in what must have been terror and severe distress. Older sheep—used for their wool, then no longer wanted—were lined up, tackled, and dragged away to be shipped to slaughter.

Please continue reading, includes a video, and send the message at the end of the webpage. You are warned that the content is upsetting in the extreme even reading about this brutality is disturbing, at least I found it so. I could not bring myself to watch the video.
http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/

Click the Take Action button to send the message, edit if you can in your own words for more impact, but either way please do send and share share share everywhere.

Patagonia Inc is an American outdoor clothing supplier, a company claiming that its wool is “responsibly sourced” and touting its commitment to sustainability and environmental values.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patagonia_(clothing)

Read PETA’s response to Patagonia’s Reaction to Horrifying Investigation of Its “Sustainable Wool” Supplier

“PETA’s response to Patagonia’s reaction to horrifying investigation of its “sustainable wool” supplier:

We’re disappointed that Patagonia will apparently continue to source wool from farms that you now know and admit treat sheep in an extremely cruel manner. You cannot “take responsibility” by simply posting something that admits that sheep are being grossly abused on the farms that you subsidize through your purchases. That is damage control, not taking responsibility. You are, in effect, telling your customers to keep right on buying because you will work with Ovis 21 to make needed corrections and improvements. To keep on buying while animals are being treated abominably is completely unethical.”

Read More:
http://www.peta.org/blog/read-petas-response-to-patagonias-reaction-to-horrifying-investigation-of-its-sustainable-wool-supplier/

More Action

Please consider contacting Patagonia and the wool supplier Ovis 21. 

Patagonia

USA website and contact details

http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=48728

On the above page is the following contact details,

EMAIL

customer_service@patagonia.com  – though meant for ordering please send an e-mail stating your objections to this horrific cruelty.

 
TWITTER
The link in their contacts page is not correct, below is the correct link
Write a letter to their Corporate Office:
CORPORATE OFFICEPatagonia
259 W Santa Clara st
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-8616

 

UK Website and Contact details

You are actually invited to rant and rave: “Got a question, comment, rant or rave?”

Do take up their invitation, but please do not be abusive. Includes a link to an e-mail form and telephone numbers – you can call free from 11 European countries.

Please write or phone :

http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enDK/patagonia.go?assetid=9066

Website UK
http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/home

Postal Address France:
Direct Sales Patagonia Europe
P.A.E. Les Glaisins
23, rue du Pré Faucon
74940 Annecy-Le-Vieux
FRANCE

Source:
http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/patagonia.go?assetid=9069

 

Ovis 21

Belgrano 1585, Trevelin (U9203ZAA)
Chubut, Argentina

info@ovis21.com

This contact information was found at the bottom of this page:

http://ovis21.com/en/

All cruelty to animals is shocking, unnecessary and frankly an evil that no civilised society should tolerate. I like many people abhor any exploitation, abuse or any negative interference with the life of any animal. Sometimes though you simply cannot help but be particularly horrified and shocked by some types of abuse that turns your stomach and brings tears to your eyes. The above is one such case in point and that is the horrendous cruelty of skinning gentle helpless lambs alive!

You cannot believe it can you, how cruel people can be.

Though the case above is particularly abusive please do always keep the following in mind:
“No matter where wool comes from, whether it’s “responsibly sourced” or from a “sustainable” farm, it’s the needless product of a cruel business. There is simply no way to raise and kill animals for the mass market in a humane way. To protect sheep from this abuse, please, refuse to buy wool. It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping. If it says “wool,” leave it on the shelf.”

Related Links concerning the cruelty and exploitation of sheep for wool and meat.

Cruelty of Australian Live Export
http://www.petaasiapacific.com/feature-Cruelty-of-Australian-Live-Export.asp

Wool
http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/wool.htm

The reality of sheep farming:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

The Hidden Lives of Sheep
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/hidden-lives-sheep/

 

Help stop Cruel Sheep Experiments

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi.

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BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) have uncovered cruel experiments taking place at Cambridge University using sheep imported from New Zealand – yes of course all experiments are cruel,  animals are not here to experiment upon or use in any other way for man’s convenience. Such is an anachronism of past thinking, not worthy to be of consideration in a modern world and not worthy of a just society.

Please watch the video.

Warning! Disturbing footage. The film becomes increasing more distressing as it progresses.

The discovery came as a result of an undercover investigation by BUAV that has revealed the inhumane use of sheep for research into neurological disorders, including Batten’s disease a rare genetic disorder, and Huntington’s disease.

It is important to note that sheep’s brains are not the same as ours and though they sufferer similar conditions the disease does not manifest the same and mimics only some of the abnormalities which present in humans. In addition the main genetic mutation responsible for Battens in humans is not found in sheep. Consequently the experiments are unreliable.

During the course of the experiment the unfortunate animals suffered intensely including, having a brain implant – one poor creature suffered additionally as an impatient member of staff rammed her into the crush cage breaking her leg.

The sheep have a condition that mimics only some of the abnormalities seen in people with Batten’s disease. The animals suffered greatly, in particular experiencing eyesight loss and disorientation. As their condition worsened they struggled to walk in a straight line and would bang their heads into stationary objects. They experienced weight loss and strange head movements. One sheep called Janet suffered severe weight loss and became virtually blind. She was eventually killed because of her suffering but was inexplicably left for several days in a pitiful state, even though it was acknowledged she would have to be killed. Some sheep had invasive implants inserted into their brains. The implant caused a large head wound, which if the sheep knocked their heads could worsen. Packs connected to the implant recorded brain activity for 24 hours. The sheep were kept in this facility undergoing behavioural tests and monitored as their condition deteriorated until they died or were killed.

Continue reading and please take the recommended action and write to Home Office minister Norman Baker and to Cambridge University Vice chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz:
http://www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/sheep-suffering#takeaction

Please write polite letters/e-mails to Home Office Minister Norman Baker urging him to terminate the project licence for this sheep research at Cambridge University:

Home Office Minister Norman Baker
The Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Email: bakern@parliament.uk

Write polite letters/emails to Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and raise your concerns about the use of sheep in research at the University:

Vice-Chancellor’s Office,
University of Cambridge,
The Old Schools,
Trinity Lane,
Cambridge CB2 1TT
v-c.office.online@admin.cam.ac.uk communications@admin.cam.ac.uk
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/v-c/

The above information is from BUAV website link below.  I have included a postal address for Professor Borysiewicz for anyone who wishes to write a letter. Though E-mail of course is effective, a letter is less easy perhaps to overlook.
http://www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/sheep-suffering#takeaction

It is important to be polite even though like me you may be angry. The brutality and callous indifference with which people harm animals, such as those who conduct experiments upon helpless creatures, never ceases to disturb and shock me. I cannot understand the mentality, the lack of humanity and compassion for a sentient being, a creature who, like the person who conducts the experiment, suffers pain, experiences fear and wishes to live a life free from such. Experiments on any sentient being are unethical in the extreme and make no mistake sheep are sentient creatures.

In fact sheep are amazing creatures – I created a whole website about them which evolved into an animal rights information site about all farm and other animals including the human animal:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/index.htm

Did you know sheep are very independent, get jealous of each other, love cuddles and will come running when you call their name. Most incredibly sheep recognise and remember people and just like us they carry emotional baggage and grieve for their loved ones. They enjoy sitting in the sun and know how to self medicate when ill, selecting the right plants to eat, and they, like most animals, know when you are up to something:

If you think you can outsmart a sheep, think again. If you’re up to no good, then they’ll be on to you in no time. Whether you want to trim their hooves or administer medication, they’ll know about it even before you do!

Read More: 10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Sheep:
http://www.care2.com/causes/10-things-most-people-dont-know-about-sheep.html#ixzz34uRiNBra

Sheep are sentient intelligent creatures: Janet Taylor founder of Farm Animal Sanctuary tells this delightful story in answer to the question – are they stupid:

“Are they stupid… ? Janet laughs: “You must be joking. There’s the gang of three and working together they can open any gate on this farm. They stick their tongues through the holes in latch gates; if a bolt is stiff, one will lean against the gate to ease the pressure while another slides the bolt back with his mouth and the third kicks it open.” Adopt a Farm Animal org This amusing account indicates quite clearly that sheep are not only intelligent, but intelligent with a good deal of ingenuity, they have an obvious ability to solve problems and work things out and to also work in groups indicating communication between them. Even though we may not in any way be aware of such communication it obviously takes place as the above clearly demonstrates. The sheep here have clearly worked out between themselves how to open the gate.

Read this and other stories and information concerning sentience in sheep:
//www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

The world appears to be a very uncaring place, where callousness, indifference, cruelty, exploitation and all manner of abuse is rife. With the event of the Internet the atrocities towards human and non-human animals alike are laid bare. The facts can be mind blowing, shattering , so overwhelming at times that one can lose faith that there is goodness in the world. Please watch the video further on, which shows you what amazing creature’s sheep are and that there are people who treat them with the respect and the love they deserve, as indeed do all animals.

There are many delightful antidotes about sheep concerning sentience and intelligence, however the main thing to consider is their potential to suffer.
The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
Jeremy Bentham.

Time to show some compassion, the cold-blooded indifference to the suffering of animals in the form of animal experiments needs to end, experiments should be banned once and for all. No animal whether a sheep, a primate, a rabbit or a rat – or a human being for that matter – should ever be experimented upon for any reason whether it is the more fickle waste of a precious life for the sake of vanity as in the testing of cosmetics or the use of animals in the fight against disease.

If you use cosmetics or medication you should do so at your own risk. Many medicines have been licensed for use as a result of animal experiments only to find a couple of decades later that there is a health hazard. Never forget the disastrous tragedy of thalidomide; how many animals suffered to test a drug that in the end resulted in deformities of babies growing in the womb?

We have to ask what right have we to experiment on other animals, are their lives less significant? Do humans do this because we simply can as the dominant species? Though I rather think it is a small minority who do so we are complicit if we continue to allow it and never speak out.  Do we allow such atrocities to take place on defenceless creatures because animals are, according to our perspective,  less intelligent, less aware and therefore of less value. What if there were no animals, would we experiment on one another, upon those lives we deem less worthy? Would scientists experiment on sick people for instance as is the case with the sheep or the elderly perhaps, the less intelligent, the poor or simply any category of person other than the dominant group. I am sure scientists would come up with all manner of rationale to justify cruel experiments.

Someone commenting on You tube pointed out the sheep were already ill as though this justifies these experiments. In most societies it is thought cruel to allow an animal to suffer if he or she is pain and is facing death. Therefore allowing these animals to suffer the misery of the disease was cruel and inhumane, as was subjecting them to added torment such as the brain probe and the careless treatment of the sheep whose leg was broken, it is shameful, unforgivable and grossly immoral.

Thankfully there are many people who care about animals, dedicating their lives to their care and well-being. I would like to share with you the following article and video which I found so uplifting.

Sheep Survives Fire and Gives Birth to Miracle Lamb:

Read the whole story here:

http://www.care2.com/causes/sheep-survives-fire-and-gives-birth-to-miracle-lamb.html Please take the time to write letters to the above people.

Please take the time to write to Home Office Minister Norman Baker and Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor Professor Borysiewicz