It began in September last year, when the New South Wales branch of the RSPCA received a tip-off about the alleged mistreatment of sheep, including verbal abuse, that were being shorn at Boorungie Station, 130 kilometres from Broken Hill.
The complaint was lodged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which had apparently obtained footage and testimony from an undercover operative working at the station.
Jeebus. Shearing time, bludger swears at sheep, this is abuse of animal rights.
Forgive me but there’s two Sheilahs who might benefit from a slight change of lifestyle I feel:
But Nicolah Donovan, president of Lawyers for Animals, said animals did understand.
“I think it is conceivable that verbal abuse of an extreme nature against an animal, whether it be human, sheep or otherwise, could constitute an act of violence,” she said.
“We have accepted that domestic violence can certainly be constituted by acts of extreme verbal abuse, particularly when the victim of the abuse is especially vulnerable – if they have a low fear threshold or they lack understanding that the verbal abuse isn’t going to proceed to a physical threat against them.
“This might be the case with children or farm animals, and the level of abuse needn’t be that extreme to cause that kind of fear in an animal.”
Lynda Stoner, CEO at Animal Liberation NSW, agreed.
She said animals did not need to understand language in order to comprehend that a human speaker was frustrated or angry.
“I’m not sure all animals can understand different dialects,” she said.
“I don’t think they’re getting the nuances someone is using.
“What they will be getting though is the threat inherent in the way that voice is used.
“I believe they can absolutely comprehend emotion.
“We all know that animals feel pain and suffering, we know animals remember what’s been done to them, and we know they can anticipate brutality if it’s come before.
“I don’t think that’s placing human emotions on animals. It’s simply that all animals, all species, are capable of feeling pleasure, pain, suffering and all those feelings we feel.”
Jesus honeys, get laid, have a drink or two. That someone said fuck in front of a sheep, even to one, just isn’t a big problem. At least this isn’t Wales where they do that, not say it, to the sheep.
Anyone else think we’re reaching the limits of first world problems?