Transport and slaughter
As with other farmed animals, sheep are rounded up by people and sheepdogs, and crowded into trucks, enduring the stresses associated with transportation, before arriving at the slaughterhouse. Further poor welfare and stress is experienced there.
Perhaps the most serious animal welfare concern relates to the proportion of sheep that are unsuccessfully stunned prior to being shackled and hung upside-down, and having their throats cut, because of failures of equipment or technique. This affects a small but significant proportion of all animals slaughtered .
New Zealand investigation footage has also revealed abusive treatment of animals in slaughterhouses.
1. Grandin, T. (2010). Auditing animal welfare at slaughter plants. Meat Science, 86(1), 56-65.