Lambs are as playful as human children. They love to leap, butt heads, run around with their friends and wag their tails like puppies.
Their tiny bodies are vulnerable to harsh weather, which is why it’s cruel that lambing season has been changed to winter to maximise profits. Every year hundreds of thousands of lambs are at risk of death if there is a cold snap.
The percentage of lambs that die varies from farm to farm, but one sheep-industry report gives a range of a 5 to 26% mortality rate, which corresponds to between one and five million of these baby animals dying from exposure, starvation and birthing difficulties in just one season. The same industry report says that seven in every ten of these deaths were preventable with better nutrition and other preventative measures.
Farmers try to ensure that each sheep gives birth to more than one lamb at a time, despite knowing that lambs have a lower chance of survival if they are one of a pair of twins or, especially, if they are one of triplets. This is yet another example of farmers putting profits ahead of animal welfare