Want to watch well cared for sheep relaxing in a clean barn or grazing in pasture, cared for, respected and loved as all living creatures should be.
It is such a refreshing change to see animals so contented, well cared for.
Below you will find live streamed videos of animals at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. NY Further down you will find a series of videos concerning the sanctuary’s rescued animals and the work that Farm Sanctuary do to provide a safe environment for hundreds of ill treated and abused animal victims of agriculture, particularly factory farming.
Join Susie Coston National Shelter Director in the Farm Sanctuary sheep barn as she answers viewers questions and shares with us her expert knowledge on farm animals.
I spent a few hours watching these videos and the ones further down which helped restore my faith in human nature, that there are people who care and are willing to help the abused and exploited victims of factory farming who are incarcerated, tortured and violently killed to satisfy the appetites of thoughtless or ignorant, and maybe even uncaring people, for a food that is not natural and which they do not need.
While for the most part sheep here in the UK are not confined to windowless factory farms, tethered as are cows to a stall with hardly space to move or sit down, except on concrete, or encased in crates as are pigs, sheep nonetheless suffer.
I live in close proximity to the North Yorkshire Dales and moors and other areas of sheep farming having moved some years ago from the south east to the North. I once enjoyed our many trips to these scenic places designated as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However as time went by the reality of the cruelty and neglect that takes place in these so-called natural places has opened up a whole new perspective and while I continue to visit and to appreciate to some degree the remotesness and semi wildness – though in reality this land is managed not only for sheep farming but also for the cruel pastime of shooting and hunting – this location does not seem to have the appeal it once did.
In contrast to the happy contented lively and interactive sheep in the videos above, here in the cold bleakness of the dales in winter and indeed all year round to some degree, there is much suffering. Unlike the sheep in the above videos most sheep in the dales and other places, including fields you pass by in your car without much thought, have their rear ends permanently covered with mud or feces which remains until they are sheared and go through the sheep dip once each year. Many sheep limp, the result of painful arthritis, no doubt untreated with medication. I have come across sheep with hoof rot simply left to get on with it. Sometimes there are sheep who cannot put their leg to the ground, it hangs limp by their side as they struggle to walk. I report as much as possible to the RSPCA who may take action themselves or they will contact the local council department responsible for the welfare of so called livestock . I have contacted farmers if it is possible to locate them, who assured me they are aware of the situation or will look into it. Sometimes I can’t get any help at all. One recent incident was very upsetting when a ranger in the dales fobbed off my report of a sheep walking on three legs with her front leg hanging limp from her side. He rambled on about how common it is – apparently that makes it alright – and how the sheep would soon wander off into the hills and not be located. Incidentally this type of injury or disease where the leg remains hanging limp is not in any case that common and was obviously a severe injury or condition and needed attention.
Basically he could not give a damn and would do nothing. I rang the RSPCA who agreed with me that the sheep needed attention, they contacted the local authority for animal welfare. I never knew the outcome. Since that time I do not enjoy our trips out as it is so depressing to see these poor creatures out in all weathers, many limping, dirty, cold and bedraggled knowing there is little I can do to help them.
In general many sheep and their lambs, often born unnaturally early, die of expose, from pneumonia or as a result of predators including 15,000 sheep who were killed by loose dogs in 2016.
Life for sheep is one filled with misery until they are slaughtered or die as a result of disease, injury and neglect.
The suffering of farmed Sheep:
Note if you see an injured animal domestic or wild make a note of the location, provide as much detail as you can of the animals whereabouts and the problem with the animal, the more detail you provide the better. Take a photo if possible which you can send them if you cannot stay with the animal.
Here are the RSPCA’s details.
Reporting cruelty or an animal in distress
Usually if the problem is urgent and lies within the remit of the local authority the RSPCA will contact them for you.
Now enjoy more Farm Sanctuary videos of happy well cared for animals and work towards a time when this cruelty will be a thing of the past.
Keep meat and other animal products off your plate:
Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary – Ep. 1: Pasture Rotation – This is one of a series which you should be able to access on the side bar if you watch the video in Youtube.
There are live cams for cows, pigs, turkeys and the Wisconsin pasture along with many other videos of life at Farm Sanctuary. Some of the live cams do not always show much as it all depends on the time of day and what the animals are doing and the weather, right now it is snowing.
Learn more about Farm Sanctuary and the work they do to make lives better for abused and exploited farm animals.
The reality of where your meat, milk and eggs come from:
“Why Factory Farming Is The Largest Cause Of Animal Abuse In History
Cruel Britannia: Life and Death on UK Factory Farms
Factory Farming: Misery for Animals