Target: Barnaby Joyce, Australian Agriculture Minister
Goal: File criminal charges against factory workers caught brutally beating sheep in undercover footage
Animal welfare group PETA has released video footage of several workers mercilessly beating and mutilating sheep at wool factories in Australia. With a long history of gruesome sheep abuse, Australia remains the wool industry’s top exporter. Despite clear evidence of animal rights violations authorities have not initiated any investigations in response to the video, and no criminal charges have been filed.
The footage clearly shows factory workers who “violently punched [sheep] in the face and jabbed them in the head with sharp metal clippers and even a hammer.” PETA further clarifies, “These attacks often left the petrified sheep bleeding from their eyes, noses, and mouth.” Workers also sheared sheep using a process known as “mulesing,” slicing both flesh and wool off the animal’s backs supposedly as a precautionary measure. The sheep were fully conscious throughout and were denied pain medication during the stitching process.
Sadly, this horrific treatment is typical in the wool industry. Factory employees and officials alike have gradually–and perhaps, unconsciously–begun to deem it acceptable though it is anything but. In response to the video a wool company advocate expressed, “Australian wool growers genuinely care for health and welfare of their animals so such alleged behavior is very concerning.”
Not only is Australia’s track record of sheep abuse reprehensible and very real, but it is quite evident that these specific factory workers cared nothing for the well-being of the delicate creatures in their care. This sort of behavior will only continue if the workers responsible consistently escape punishment. By prosecuting them to the full extent of the law other factories and companies may take notice and rethink their brutal practices. Demand that legal action be taken against the employees caught brutalizing the very animals that clothe them.
Dear Mr. Joyce,
An undercover exposé conducted by PETA revealed gruesome animal abuse taking place in Australia’s wool factories. In the video footage workers are seen punching sheep and slamming their bodies into the ground. Metal tools are then plunged into the animals’ heads as they slowly hemorrhage blood. Perhaps the most shocking news is that these workers have not been charged with animal abuse.
We often take an animal’s welfare for granted because it cannot verbally communicate its feelings. Nevertheless, sheep are much like humans in that they feel fear, stress and especially pain in very much the same way we do. Therefore it is imperative that we treat them humanely despite their lack of voice or difference in species. We depend on animals for many things, including companionship. It is unjust and disgusting to treat the very animals that clothe us with such disdain and brutality.
In light of these horrific events, I urge you to charge the workers depicted in this footage with animal abuse. If no action is taken you are sending a clear message that such violence is acceptable, guaranteeing it will continue.
[Your Name Here]
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