Already Released Videos Were Just the Tip of the Iceberg; PETA Asia Reveals That Abuse Was Documented Across 49 Farms

For Immediate Release:
15 November 2018

London – Today, PETA Asia has made public for the first time 18 minutes of new footage of workers in the UK punching frightened sheep in the face, slamming their heads into the floor, violently beating and kicking them, and throwing them off shearing trailers. The new footage can be viewed here and here.

The videos show even more horrifying out-of-sight abuse of sheep and lambs shorn for their wool on farms in England and Scotland.

In addition, PETA Asia has submitted over seven hours of footage from the 49 farms visited to Trading Standards and the Scottish SPCA and filed detailed complaints of workers punching, beating, kicking, and stamping on sheep, which are currently being investigated. The group has also asked Lord Gardiner of Kimble and Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon to require that CCTV cameras be installed in sheep sheds in England and Scotland.

“This new footage makes it clear that the cruelty we’ve captured on video is far from an anomaly, as the industry would like everyone to believe, and shows how shearing operations treat animals – something every shopper has a right to know,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “When animals are viewed as commodities and their fear and pain are ignored, we must raise our voices and use our consumer clout to stop the abuse.”

PETA Asia – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – has released nine exposés of 96 sheep shearing sheds on four continents that have all revealed that sheep are systematically beaten, kicked, punched, and mutilated in the wool industry.

Photos and broadcast-quality video footage from the investigations are available upon request.

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