Babies who should be born in spring and now often born in mid-winter – all to catch an early profit on the spring lamb meat market. As a result, many lambs die from hunger and hypothermia – up to a million a year.
The babies are separated from their mothers to be sold for meat. It is then routine to amputate their tails with a knife, hot iron or tight rubber ring (which cuts of the circulation, causing the tail to die and fall off). Males are often also castrated – and all of this commonly done without anaesthetics to numb the pain!
Lambs are then killed between 3-6 months – a fraction of their 12 year natural lifespan.