Truly, The World Must Worry About This

Madonna has incurred the wrath of animal rights activists this week after dyeing the fleeces of a flock of sheep from her estate blue, pink, yellow and green for a Vogue photoshoot. Though Madonna is not alone – dyed sheep may be seen at the Latitude festival in Suffolk, for example – the RSPCA fears that it could lead to a spate of cack-handed copycat sheep-dyeing incidents. The society called the act an "irresponsible publicity stunt" and added that it "would question the need to use sheep in this way, as it would probably cause the animals considerable stress".

There are rather more important things to think about, aren\’t there?

6 comments on “Truly, The World Must Worry About This

  1. “The society called the act an “irresponsible publicity stunt” and added that it “would question the need to use sheep in this way, as it would probably cause the animals considerable stress”.”

    Are they referring to the act of dyeing them, or forcing them to appear with Madonna?

    Because I could understand if it were the latter….

  2. The best bit for me is the advice given to wannabe sheep-dyers:

    “If you are considering dyeing a sheep, first ensure that it is your own sheep…”

    Can’t argue with that really.

  3. Farmers are dyeing their sheep all the time for their own professional purposes, so why shouldn’t Madonna?

  4. Do sheep have colour vision?

    I’d doubt it.

    Tim adds: Surprised me too:

    “Contrary to previous thought, sheep and other livestock see colors, though their color vision is not as well developed as it is in humans. Sheep will react in fear to new colors.”

    http://www.sheep101.info/senses.html

  5. It’s a complete myth that only a few animals see in colour, even if we take the human visual spectrum as the only definition of colour. That said, humans do have a pretty good sense of colour, courtesy of our primate status (bright fruits and all that).

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