'Battery sheep' misery exposed on TV -- Watch it here


PUBLISHED ON: 24 May 2011

Most Australians are aware that sheep are subjected to the cruelty of live export and mulesing, but few knew that sheep are also the latest victims of factory farming.

Animals Australia provided video footage from one of these Ďultra-fineí wool sheep factory farms to 6.30 with George Negus (Channel 10). Their expose has now shown the public the miserable conditions these sheep endure:

Animals Australia first exposed the cruel conditions in which these sheep are kept in a 2004 investigation which documented sheep chewing on the wooden slats and strands of wire of their pens due to stress, frustration and boredom. The sheep are also provided with a low feed ration to ensure their wool remains ultra-fine and they will often be hungry.

The new (2011) footage shown on 6.30 with George Negus unfortunately reveals that these welfare problems continue.

Findings from a 2009 scientific study also confirm the ongoing welfare problems. The University of Melbourne study commissioned by the Wool Factory (near Horsham, Victoria) found that the majority of observed sheep displayed behaviours commonly perceived as Ďstereotypiesí, abnormal behaviours such as head butting or nosing and chewing pen fixtures, pacing and pawing Ė indicative of a failure to cope with the conditions.

There are reported to be many thousands of sheep kept in this type of confinement in Australia — most in sheds in Victoria — despite other farmers being able to produce ultra-fine wool without such cruel confinement for their sheep.

Now that these sheep are given a voice on TV and the community is more aware of their plight, there is an opportunity to free 'ultra-fine wool sheep' from their tiny pens. Our campaign is already convincing fashion designers to stop using wool from single penned sheep and it is time now to call for the practice to be banned.

Please help us call on the Victorian Government to ban this cruel practice!

Love animals? Subscribe and help end animal abuse:
I've read and accept the privacy policy
Like Animals Australia On Facebook
The repercussions of our investigations into the greyhound racing industry have been game-changing. Here's how you helped make a difference. Read the latest » »

No chickens were harmed in the making of this video. Or this meal. Read more » »

Despite the nightly news doing its best to depress, from Australia to Brazil, China to Norway, there is one trait that unites humankind all over the world ‚ÄĒ¬†kindness. Read on to discover some of the best animal... Watch the viral video » »

Explosive evidence of 'live baiting' cruelty has rocked the Australian greyhound industry. View via iView or the Four Corners website. Get the details & tune in »

For the first time, an Australian organisation has been selected as a ‚Äústandout charity‚ÄĚ by U.S.-based Animal Charity Evaluators! Animals Australia has been awarded this evaluation in recognition of our efforts... Read more » »

In response to the exposure of hidden abuse of greyhounds sent to SE Asia, the flying Kangaroo has vowed to not support this cruel export trade. Read the good news » »

What contributes more to climate change than all the world‚Äôs planes, trains and automobiles combined? Hint: it‚Äôs not coal and it‚Äôs not good for humanity! Read more » »

One of the world's foremost spiritual leaders has used his influence to speak out in defence of all those who share this planet. Read more » »

Lyn White, Campaign Director at Animals Australia, spoke to audiences across the country — and asked one simple question: 'Does history have to repeat itself or is it possible to have a kinder, more peace... Watch now » »

You already know cage eggs are cruel, but you'll never hear the cage egg industry admit it. So what else might they be cagey about? These five facts may ruffle some feathers. Discover the truth » »

Make a difference for animals...