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We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realised we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said: "Wait a minute, we love these sheep-they're such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?" It was the last time we ever did.
Paul and Linda McCartney

This webpage is part of a series that I hope will portray the fact that farm animals just like any other animal are beautiful creatures. Few people, even those who call themselves animal lovers, really appreciate what beautiful creatures sheep are both physically and mentally. Sheep are placid peaceful creatures, which is sadly the reason they are exploited for food and clothing.  But sheep like your cat or dog are sentient beings who will respond to you albeit with a little more caution.

People see sheep as grass-eating robots but they are complex social animals. Their brains works in similar ways to our own
Professor Keith Kendrick *1)

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I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed.  I saw and felt their pain.  They felt the approaching death.  I could not bear it.  I cried like a child.  I ran up a hill and could not breathe.  I felt that I was choking.  I felt the death of the lamb. 
Vaslav Nijinsky

Here in the UK, compared to factory farmed animals it may seem as though the sheep has escaped the misery and abuse meted out to poultry, pigs and cows. Think again.

Here is the reality: Factory farming Sheep

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