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Feedlot | Persian Lamb |
Transport | Wool |
Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries,
since you opened this webpage.
This counter does not include the billions of fish and sea animals killed annually.
and Lambs - Feedlot - 01) This is a feedlot for sheep. The
sheep are not able to graze naturally as God intended, because there are too
many crowded together and they trample down the little grass that remains,
leaving muddy conditions or dusty ones in dry weather. Unnatural food
is brought to the sheep to fatten them for slaughter. Note the way the
sheep look at the photographer, as if asking for help.
and Lambs - Feedlot - 02) A "sea" of misery! The United
States Department of Agriculture must think this is a good thing, but they
are wrong. To deliberately inflict pain and suffering upon another
living being is ungodly. This is not what Jesus had in mind when He
told Peter to "tend my sheep" (John 21:15-17). By referring to humans
as sheep, Jesus wanted Peter and us to treat each other as gently as good
shepherds treated their sheep in those days. Look at how many of the
sheep and lambs are looking toward the camera for human relief, and how the
lamb, just right of center is looking to mom for similar comfort.
(Sheep and Lambs - Farm - 01)
This is a factory farm where sheep are raised indoors on a wire mesh floor,
which allows the feces to fall through. At the same time, we
understand, this type of "flooring" also hurts the hooves of the sheep whose
feet are designed for walking on natural ground. Sheep are treated
inhumanely for the sake of monetary gain.
Lambs - Wool - 01)
This raw and bloody wound was deliberately inflicted upon this merino lamb, without
anesthetic, in a barbaric practice known as "mulesing". This and the
following nine photos were taken by Patty Mark. The information on
mulesing was taken from a text by Coral Hull.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 02)
Merino sheep, who have an exceptionally high quality fleece, also get folds
in their skin in which blowflies like to lay their eggs. Instead of
providing proper care and compassion, these unscrupulous farmers (ranchers)
tie the lambs down and cut these folds out of a fully conscious animal, as a
so-called "preventive" measure for eliminating "flystrike". This
"procedure" is called mulesing.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 03)
The barbaric practice of mulesing lambs was "invented" in 1923 by a sadistic
individual named Mules. To the best of our knowledge, this is still
being done today. People often ask us why we don't wear wool any more,
since sheep aren't killed as long as they produce wool. We hope these
mulesing photos and comments will answer that question so clearly that other
people will also stop wearing wool or any other animal derived product.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 04)
Normally these skin folds occur in the rump, but sometimes they occur on the
shoulders, too. The bloody hand of the torturer is cutting out
(mulesing) one of the shoulder folds on a fully conscious lamb.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 05)
The people who perform the evil procedure of mulesing are described in the
second part of Proverbs 12:10:
"A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast,
But the compassion of the wicked is cruel."
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 06)
Note the pleading look on the face of this lamb. This gentle,
trusting, living soul has been betrayed by some human beings, yet he or she
is still seeking help from another. The evil act of mulesing this and
other lambs must stop. This is the easiest way: Don't buy wool!
for video on "mulesing"
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 07)
It is the love of money that leads to the evil of mulesing the lambs.
Note the way they are clamped down in order to be systematically mutilated.
We believe that since this man exhibits no sense of compassion, he is a
sociopath. If he weren't, he couldn't do this to the lambs.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 08)
Judging from the large number of wool tufts lying on the ground, hundreds of
lambs must have been mulesed, with absolutely no regard for their pain and
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 09)
This is another view of the lambs being strapped down on these wire torture
frames. It has been reported that among the larger flocks (10,000 or
more sheep and lambs) approximately 95% of the sheep have been mulesed.
(Sheep and Lambs - Wool - 10)
Our hope and prayer is that the horrors of these photos will remain in
people's minds every time they consider buying something to wear or eat, and
that they will speak up and tell others until these atrocities stop.
(Sheep and Lambs - Persian Lamb Fur -
01) Each year, approximately 4,000,000 baby Karakul lambs are killed within a day
or two of their birth to make Persian lamb fur coats and trim.
(Sheep and Lambs - Persian Lamb Fur -
02) The reason that the baby Karakul lambs are killed so soon
after birth is because their tight little curls of wool begin to unwind
after three days. To the best of our knowledge, these lambs are killed
by having their throats cut while they are fully conscious.
(Sheep and Lambs - Persian Lamb Fur -
03) This man is chasing down a new born Karakul lamb to kill
him or her for his or her skin. It is easy to see how frightened the
sheep are. They know they will never see this lamb again.
Because these lambs are so small, many of them will be killed and skinned to
make one fur coat.
(Sheep and Lambs - Persian Lamb Fur -
04) This man is killing and skinning baby Karakul lambs for their
fur coats. These skins are very valuable; but there is a much more
lucrative trade in the skins of these baby lambs before they are born, in
which case they kill the pregnant mothers a couple of weeks prior to the
time of their giving birth. Rightly so does the Bible teach us that
the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
(Sheep and Lambs - Persian Lamb Fur -
05) This man is feeling the soft texture of these once living and
breathing baby lambs. In 1 John 2:16, the Bible teaches us that all
evil and sin fall into three categories: the lust of the flesh, the lust of
the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. The Persian lamb trade and
those who wear the fur typify all three of these sins. The fur feels
good to them, it looks good to them, and they prance around proudly showing
off the death they wear upon their backs and heads. There is no
concern for the suffering and death they have caused. There is no
compassion. There is only evil.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 04)
These sheep are being loaded onto a ship for transport to another country.
Recently, we read in the news that on one such ship bound for the Middle
East, more than 3% of the 75,000 sheep on board died because of their
crowded conditions and lack of care.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 01)
Most sheep and lambs have to be transported from farms, or factory farms, to
stockyards, feedlots, and slaughterhouses. On long journeys, many are
so weak that they have trouble standing up.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 02)
Due to high temperatures and lack of water, these sheep died during their long journey . To the ungodly, hard of heart people
who allow such things to happen, these incidents are considered acceptable
losses. They couldn't have any feelings for the sufferings of these
beautiful beings. Every time we eat lamb, we participate in this suffering and death.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 02a)
Our human lust for the flesh of another living being took the life from this
beautiful animal. Think of the panic she must have felt. Think of the
panic we would feel in a tightly packed container, like a stuck crowded
elevator: the air keeps getting hotter, your thirst keeps increasing, there
is no relief, and you feel your life slowly slipping away. And no one on the
outside seems to care...
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 03)
This is the "dead pile" behind a Texas stockyard, where the dead sheep and
lambs are thrown. One of them (far right) was not yet dead, and was rescued by Farm Sanctuary. Her name is Hilda. If Hilda could be
revived and live, so could many of these other sheep, if more of our fellow human
beings cared enough to help. Or even better, if we didn't eat the
flesh of lambs and sheep, they wouldn't be placed in situations where these atrocities
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 05)
The sheep are crowded into trucks for shipping. As we looked at this
one looking at us, it was as if we could hear the words that Jesus spoke to
Peter, "Tend My sheep." What is happening here is an abomination of
Jesus' example of a loving shepherd. Are pastors to treat their
congregations like this?
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 06)
This overly packed truckload of sheep has been baking in the hot summer sun.
These two were able to stick their heads out through a hole and are gasping
for air, which the others were unable to do. This is just another
example of how the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 07)
These two sheep have also stuck their heads through the holes in the
shipping container to get some fresh air. They want to live just as
much as we do!
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 08)
These are some of the sheep who didn't survive the harsh conditions of
transport. In Proverbs 12:10, the Bible tells us the nature of the
people who caused this to happen: "A righteous man has regard for the
life of his beast, But the compassion of the wicked is cruel."
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 09)
Australian sheep aboard a truck, crammed in with no room to move.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 10)
Throwing sheep from a truck to another truck at the Arava border crossing.
The common place, horrific mistreatment of Australian sheep, such as in this
photo, causes broken legs and severe bruising.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 11)
Tens of thousands of sheep being loaded onto ships where they live crammed
together with little food or water for several weeks.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 12)
The dead and dying sheep are piled together on the ships and upon arrival.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 13)
Exposed to the elements, sheep crammed in together...all these animals are
subject to disease and sickness, but when confined in these conditions,
outbreaks of disease become plagues.
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 14)
Overcrowded sheep in pens on the ship, literally covered and standing on
(Sheep and Lambs - Transport - 15)
A sheep’s back leg is caught hanging out of a truck on its way to slaughter.
and Lambs - Downed - 01) In Lancaster, PA, this "downed" sheep was
allowed to die slowly. These
animals are then sent to rendering plants. Mad Cow disease is believed
to have originated from the ground up and processed remains of sheep like
this one being fed to cattle as a protein supplement to fatten them faster
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 01)
Even though this photo shows the horror of slaughter, it is almost as
nothing when compared to atrocities of production line slaughterhouses.
Money is of more importance than mercy, for greed and self-indulgence flows
as a river of blood from those who lust for flesh on their plates.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 02)
This sheep is being carried into a store to be slaughtered as part of a
dedication ceremony. What bothers us most about this photo is the
seeming joy on the face of the man carrying the sheep. There is
absolutely no concern for the welfare of the animals.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 03)
Inside the store, the people gather around to watch the fully conscious
sheep having his or her throat slit.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 04)
As the knife slices through the throat, and the blood begins to flow, the
sheep begins to struggle and writhe in pain.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 05)
As the sheep struggles, the people more back. We also think it is very
appropriate that the sheep dedicated the store with his or her poop (see the
pile of round balls to the left of the sheep).
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 06)
In fear and pain, the fully conscious sheep thrashes violently on the floor.
Surely this is not what God wants.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 07)
The struggling continues as the sheep's life's blood runs out and splatters
around on the floor.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 08)
And the pain and struggling continues...
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 09)
In fear, pain, and desperation, the sheep continues to struggle in a futile
attempt to save his or her life. Remember these scenes the next time
you think about "what's for dinner".
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 10)
And the people, from a "safe" distance, watch the sheep struggling and
slowly bleed to death.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 11)
As if the pain and suffering wasn't great enough already, the slaughterer
moves forward and begins to cut off the lower portion of a foreleg while the
sheep is still alive.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 12)
And the leg is severed...
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 13)
And the sheep pulls back the stump of his leg...
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 14)
In the video, the movement of the severed leg can be clearly seen as the
slaughterer reaches for the other foreleg. The sheep is still alive!
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 15)
And even though the sheep is not completely dead, the slaughterer begins to
slice open the belly.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 16)
If these photos have horrified you, that's good! They're intended to
do just that. Our hope and prayer is that they horrified you enough to
speak out against the unbelievable cruelty of the animal agriculture
industry, and to stop buying their products. When their money dries
up, they will stop their cruelty.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 17)
Sheep slaughter as part of a military ceremony in Iran.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 18) Sacrificial
slaughter to "bless" new homes or cars or anything else people want to
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 19)
The public slaughter of sheep is a common occurrence throughout Iran.
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter -
20) Animals are slaughtered on public streets in view of everyone,
(Sheep and Lambs - Slaughter - 21) Public
slaughters draw huge crowds at "official" sites throughout Iran where blood
literally runs in the streets.