NEWS - September 2014
Treacle Poses For Internet Debut
And here he is, but why? Well, Treacle who is a Wensleydale sheep, is one of our top fundraisers for the Sanctuary, the other being Barry who has appeared on local TV several times with his dashing personality. Treacle however, who has not yet appeared on TV local or otherwise, grows a very beautiful fleece which sells for around £50, his sort of fleece being in great demand for knitters and the like. Treacle has been with us for 3 years and came with a group of rescued sheep. He did very much enjoy posing for his photo as did his 100 friends who all wanted to pose at the same time.
Success At Fibre East
Liz, our seller of fleeces, and Jan took to the road again this year down to the Fibre East festival at the end of July. This year the Sanctuary sheep, through the sale of some of their fleeces, raised £500 towards our running costs. Please be assured that the sheep do need shearing for health and welfare reasons, the sheep here are all sheared at the Sanctuary by professional shearers who are kind and considerate of the sheep especially the elderly, the infirm and the blind. A member of the Sanctuary staff is always on hand to assist the shearers. If any of the sheep are of a nervous disposition then they are sheared using hand clippers by a member of staff, in other words by someone that they are familiar with.
Animal Aid Campaigns For CCTV To Be Installed In All Slaughterhouses
At the point of slaughter most animals have already suffered distress having been forcibly separated from their mothers, siblings, and friends: have endured a strange bewildering often frightening journey: have already been handled roughly and shouted at some may have fallen and been hauled to their feet none too kindly, and all of this before they even arrive at the slaughterhouse. Once there many, not all but those are in the minority, are shouted out, beaten with sticks, tormented and in some cases literally tortured with implements like stunning tongs. In one instance a ewe was slaughtered whilst her lamb was still suckling. Some years back the Sanctuary was witness to copies of a video of such behaviour, and worse leave you to imagine what that was, being sold in a local pub. Fortunately not all the staff at these establishments behave in this way. The installation of CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses would go some way towards getting rid of this appalling behaviour, this appalling cruelty. Please support Animal Aid in their campaign at www.animalaid.org.uk. Thank you.
World Day For Farmed Animals At The Sanctuary
We shall not be holding an Open Day this year, we apologise to all of you who we know enjoy that event but hope to reinstate it some time in the future, however please come and join us on Sunday 28th September when we will be joining the animal welfare community around the globe to recognise the global suffering of millions of farmed animals and birds. The actual date for this day is October 2nd the date in 1869 when Mahatma Ghandi was born and who stated that, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” Please join us from 12 midday onwards and share this day with animals and birds who have been fortunate to find their way to sanctuary. Parking will be available, light refreshments will be on offer. Come and meet some of the personalities you have read about on our website. Enquiries please to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01386 832640.