Farmer gets warning for ‘swearing at sheep’

Farmer gets warning for ‘swearing at sheep’

It is only in obodo oyibo that one will see this kind of headline. Between animal rights activists and vegetarians, animals are beginning to have more rights than human beings.

A farmer in the Australian outback has landed himself in trouble – for allegedly swearing at his sheep.

Ken Turner, from New South Wales, has reportedly been offending his flock with rude words and the RSPCA paid him a visit after being tipped off by his shearers.

The RSPCA said Turner’s abusive language had been distressing the herd, local paper the Newcastle Herald reports.

Speaking on Macquarie Radio, Turner said he hadn’t realised his swearing had been upsetting the sheep.

“None of them actually told me they were offended,” he said.

But an official complaint has been lodged by people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which reportedly got hold of footage of Mr Turner on his farm.

The video was shot by an undercover worker at the farm, but the ill-mannered farmer explained that any offence assumes the flock can understand English.

“I still haven’t had a sheep come to me (to complain) – they didn’t even look offended to me after they were shorn,” Mr Turner said.

“They just walked down to the paddock, grazed intently, and I didn’t notice any distress attached to them.” Read more


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  1. PETA

    I swear the media and wool industry seems intent on not letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

    If foul language were the worst kind of abuse that sheep in Australian shearing sheds had to endure, then PETA US would not have filed a complaint regarding a sheep farm in New South Wales in the first place.

    The fact is that PETA US’s complaint late last year detailed instances in which shearers working at Boorungie Station punched sheep in the face, punched a lamb in the torso, stomped and stood on sheep’s heads and necks, struck them with a pipe and electric clippers until they bled, picked up one sheep by the hind legs and threw her head first through a gate, and crudely stitched up gaping wounds without any pain relief. And yes, one shearer was cursing at the animals as he beat them – but this swearing gets all the coverage? This is far from an isolated case: Investigators visited 19 separate shearing sheds in Australia and observed cruelty in every single one.

    It is clearly easier for sheep farmers to make absurd claims than to address the real issue: the pervasive cruelty to vulnerable sheep within the wool industry. Since the wool industry isn’t going to do the right thing, the rest of us can – simply by leaving wool out of our wardrobes and choosing cotton, synthetic fleece and other animal-friendly vegan fabrics.


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