Bloggies you know I like to bark 'bout the latest views and news of our Great British Eccentrics? Oooh yeah that's reminded me. Been Eric AWOL this week. (Some diddle or riddle to do with Mom and those pesky wheelies and a wedding. Keep your mince pies open. They might be popping up in the most unexpected places.) So apologies if I didn't visit but I was waggling my wig wag like mad when I thought of everybloggie.
Now. As I was barking. Eccentrics yep, we have more than a few this side of the big pee. Mmmmm. Here's the news regarding Tesco's, our largest supermarket chain, and their new fruit loop policy. TALK ABOUT BARKING MAD.....
"Tesco has told the farmers, who supply the supermarket giant with lamb, to stop using the dogs unless they can be retrained to be "more considerate" towards the flock. The shepherds have reacted with outrage, and claimed up to 60 dogs have now joined the ranks of the unemployed.
Welfare experts expressed bafflement that the centuries-old tradition of moving sheep around with the use of a scurrying, yapping dog could upset the sheep. However, Tesco was adamant that one of its largest suppliers in New Zealand, Silver Fern Farms in Fairton, should stop using dogs to herd sheep into the abattoir. Unlike in Britain, most abattoirs are attached to farms in New Zealand, ensuring the farm does not need to truck its flock down the motorway to a slaughterhouse. The supermarket wants the shepherds to wave their arms, beat sticks or wave flags, to move the sheep into the abattoir.
The surprise order from Tesco, which comes into force next week, came to light thanks to a letter sent to the Daily Telegraph by an upset reader. Mick Petheram, one of the shepherds, said: "New Zealand sheep are used to dogs, they know dogs. There's more stress in a human herding and manhandling them, waving their arms and beating sticks. Dogs are part of a sheep's life. This is absolute baloney." He said that he and his fellow workers would have to sell their dogs, or worse, put them down. "We'll be desperately trying to sell them, but most of us will end up putting down three or four each. These are ****** good dogs. Taking away our dogs is like taking a hammer away from a builder; we can't do our job without them," he said.
New Zealand is the biggest source of lamb in Britain at this time of year, and it is understood that the Silver Fern Farms is one of Tesco's biggest suppliers. It was visited by Tesco buyers earlier this year, who were "upset" at seeing the dogs "running riot", according to a spokesman for the supermarket. The National Farmers' Union said that it was not aware of any research indicating that farm animals suffered stress because of sheepdogs."Sheepdogs are trained specifically to herd sheep and in some cases cattle and we have heard no problems about them being harmful to the animals," a spokesman said.Tesco stood by its decision. "We don't have a problem with sheep dogs, but we need to make sure they move the sheep in a considerate manner, so they don't stress the sheep out," said a spokesman.
Scientists have found some evidence that if animals that are "stressed" immediately before slaughter the pH level of the meat increases, creating a pale, watery cut. Leading animal welfare charity the RSPCA. said it had concerns about the anxiety suffered by sheep as they are circled and pursued by dogs, but did not believe a ban was necessary."
One of the square eccentrics in this house loves those hoppy skippy, gambling lambs. Sheese. Not the Poker playing ones Scruffy. Though admittedly, the lambie on the left looks like he could bluff a mean hoof or too.
Yeah. Square Mom thinks the lambs should be left in the fields furever. See what I'm up against everybloggie? Jeepers. Never going to get myself on that "I Eat Raw Meat Diet" Your views on this news? Any sheep dogs on the blog out there? You have the right of yap back you know.
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