Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Scottish SPCA investigate claims of abuse at wool farms in Scotland

Post Thumbnail

Horrific footage has emerged showing workers at 24 sheep farms in Britain “punching, stamping and beating” animals, campaigners claim.

PETA Asia has launched a formal complaint with the Scottish SPCA after an eyewitness documented the horrendous abuse.

The abuse was witnessed on 24 farms in West Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Midlothian and South Lanarkshire.

The 12-page complaint includes evidence of wool workers “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”.

PETA said the footage obtained by the eyewitness highlights “just some of the cruelty” at 24 sheep farms toured by shearers from a shearing contractor earlier this year.

The animal rights group is calling on the SPCA to launch an investigation.

They also said criminal charges should be filed against the workers for apparent violations of laws prohibiting cruelty to animals, where appropriate.

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

PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker, said: “After exposing cruelty within the English wool industry, we’ve found the same horrifying abuse of sheep at farms in Scotland.

“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 said shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent handling.

They claim it leads to “gaping wounds” on the animals’ bodies, which shearers stitched up using a needle and thread but no pain relief.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “We can confirm we have received reports of alleged abuse within wool farms in Scotland.

“Our investigations are currently ongoing.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]