Workers Caught on Video Punching, Stamping on, and Beating Sheep With Clippers on 24 Farms

For Immediate Release:
17 October 2018

Fife – This morning, PETA Asia submitted a 12-page formal complaint and evidence to the Scottish SPCA after an eyewitness documented wool workers in Scotland striking terrified sheep in the face with electric clippers, slamming their heads into the floor, beating and kicking them, and throwing them off shearing trailers.

The video footage obtained by the eyewitness highlights just some of the cruelty observed at 24 sheep farms toured by shearers from a shearing contractor earlier this year. Shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent handling that leads to gaping wounds on the animals’ bodies, which shearers stitched up using a needle and thread but no pain relief. One of the sheep was suffering from mastitis and couldn’t stand up, and a worker explained that she was going to be shot.

PETA Asia has asked the Scottish SPCA to launch an investigation and, if appropriate, file criminal charges against the workers for apparent violations of laws prohibiting cruelty to animals.

In August, PETA Asia released the first-ever video exposé of cruelty within the English wool industry, showing similar abuse.

“After exposing cruelty within the English wool industry, we’ve found the same horrifying abuse of sheep at farms in Scotland,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “Everywhere that eyewitnesses from PETA Asia and its affiliates go – from Australia and the US to South America and now the United Kingdom – they see the same disturbing behaviour. The production of all wool – no matter where it originated or what “ethical” or “responsibly sourced” claims are made on its label – spells extreme suffering and death for millions of gentle sheep and lambs.”

PETA Asia – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – encourages consumers to choose materials that are not produced through appalling abuse.

Photographs and broadcast-quality video footage from the investigation are available upon request. For more information, please visit