Drug use may be at the heart of the abuse sheep as they go through the hands of some workers in the shearing industry, says Lucy Barbour in a report for ABC.net.au.
Sheep punched, kicked, and thrown
This concern about drugs in the shearing industry arose after animal rights group People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released video footage, purportedly taken at 19 different shearing sheds in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, of shearers subjecting sheep being sheared to abuse by punching, kicking, and throwing them. The shearers in the videos are believed to have been under the influence of drugs.
Nevertheless, while admitting that there is indeed a drug problem In the shearing Industry, the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA) denies that it’s widespread.
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