All Creatures Deserve Kindness

FACT: Sheep are not dumb. They know that
humans and dogs are their predators. That's why
they try to crowd together to defend themselves from us.

On February 28th, 2005, a truck and trailer was left beside the railway line at Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Nothing wrong with that, maybe the truck had broken down, but there were sheep and lambs in there and they were still there in the mid-afternoon. They may have been there for the previous night, they were certainly there early in the morning until mid afternoon.

In the truck were exhausted sheep and lambs. Trying to lie down, trying to breathe. Here are some photographs, which show you just a little of how animals suffer at the hands of humans.

Lambs to the Slaughter

This one below shows you the lambs. It's been brightened up so that you can send inside their dark enclosure. The blue arrow points to the lambs.

These tiny creatures are sent to the slaughterhouse to satisfy our thirst for eating young, juicy flesh. They are the same tiny creatures who we love to look at and admire as they play and frolic in the field. What does that say about us?

We should tell you that none of this treatment is illegal. Farmed animals can be left for up to 12 hours in New Zealand, without food or water. In fact, farmed animals have very few rights.

All of these creatures will be dead now. Maybe you ate one of them. Ask yourself how you feel about that. Some people care, others don't.

I remember a man who talked about shooting a sparrow when he was a boy. He described the horror he felt when he saw the little bird dying slowly and painfully in the dust. He swore to himself that he would never do that again. That man learned something very young. Others don't.