Why ‘Shedded Sheep’ are individually penned in Australia

THE REASONS BEHIND INDIVIDUALLY PENNING SHEEP

One very sinister reason why the ultra fine wool industry confines sheep in small individual stalls, is so sheep do not have the freedom to eat as they would in a natural environment because their food intake is strictly monitored. The industry claims that by manipulating and restricting food intake to a ‘bare’ minimum sheep will produce finer wool, so low-energy rations are used to produce fine diameter wool fibres.

The denial of feed and questionable quality of the feed offered is an enormous animal welfare concern as individually penned sheep are in a constant state of hunger. 

Another reason why sheep are individually penned is to keep their wool clean. This is a lazy and cruel alternative compared to allowing sheep to graze and live natural healthy lives in paddocks.

Nylon coats are worn by shedded sheep to further ensure that dust and dirt does not enter their fleece.

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