WHY NONHUMAN ANIMALS NEED PROTECTION:
I FELT SICK WHEN I READ ABOUT THIS RECENT CASE OF ANIMAL ABUSE, which occurred in the bottle store of TOPS SPA, Fuller Street, Butterworth (SA) in May 2014.
A live sheep was held captive by tying her legs together, restricting movement. Lying on the floor without food or water this sheep was offered as a prize to anyone who purchased a bottle of two specific alcoholic drinks. Without a doubt this defenseless creature was cruelly transported and later slaughtered in someone’s back yard!
The case was reported to the National Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA ). The NSPCA has now laid criminal charges against the shop in terms of the Animals Protection Act. As the sheep was exhibited, charges are also laid in terms of the Performing Animals Protection Act. While this did not help this particular sheep, hopefully an incident of this nature will never happen again!!
Those who see sheep as “livestock” to be eaten argue that wearing sheep skin items is fine, as these items are a by-product of the meat industry. What many people don’t realise is that sheep have a raw deal and I mean that literally. Merino sheep are used for wool, as they have an abundance of hair. “Mulesing”, a common practice in the Australian wool industry, is done to prevent flystrike. Pieces of skin and flesh are cut off from the hindquarters of each domestic sheep. When scar tissue forms, less wool grows and therefore is less likely to become dirty and attract flies. The practice is usually performed with the animal physically restrained and without anesthesia. If the raw patch of flesh on the sheep becomes infected the sheep will have a slow and agonising death.
After enduring this “mulesing”, sheep are loaded onto huge ships and are then transported to Middle Eastern countries for slaughter. Because animal rights laws are virtually nonexistent, sheep are cruelly dismembered and skinned while still conscious. This skin is later used to make boots, such as UGGs (animal rights – about.com).
Ugg boots are made out of sheep skin – inside and out. Oddly enough they are also fashionable beach wear. It seems Pamela Anderson, who would wear Ugg boots on the beach, started this trend.PAMELA ANDERSON IN HER UGG BOOTS
However, as I wrote in a previous post, Pamela considers herself to be an animal activist following in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot. See:
There is also a petition below that can be signed. This petition is addressed to UGG Australia (Deckers Outdoor Corporation) and states:
UGG Australia: Stop mutilating, torturing, and killing sheep to make UGG Boots.
PINK, another celeb animal activist speaks out for sheep. Please watch the following video for this.