Although most sheep in the UK are likely to be raised outdoors rather than in a factory farm, that does not mean that they suffer any less than other livestock animals. Sheep are reared outside because it is usually the most cost effective method for farmers, not because they want to provide better welfare for their animals.
Every year in the UK, nearly 15 million sheep are slaughtered for the purpose of human consumption. Sheep are usually stunned with an electrical stunner or have a captive bolt to the head, then their throats are slit and they are bled out. During their short lives, lambs are subjected to painful mutilations. Their tails are cut off with a knife, a tight rubber ring or hot iron. Male lambs are also castrated, usually without any anaesthetics or pain killers.
In the UK, lambs are born in mid-winter so that their flesh can be sold during the Easter period. Every winter, thousands of lambs die from hunger and hypothermia. They are often neglected and left to freeze to death in icy conditions. It is also extremely common for sheep to suffer from diseases such as lameness. In addition, many sheep die whilst being transported to the slaughterhouse due to rough handling, starvation and stress from traumatic journeys in overcrowded lorries.
The natural life span of sheep is around 10-12 years but lambs are usually killed at just 3-6 months old. Male lambs are sometimes slaughtered at just 10 weeks old. These innocent animals do not want to die, they want to live happy lives with their families. Sheep are smart, perceptive and emotional animals that experience fear just like dogs and cats. They also visibly express their emotions when they are stressed and depressed.
Help these innocent, defenseless animals by not eating them! The easiest way to save the lives of animals is by becoming vegan. Stand against the oppression of animals and make a difference!