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I was disheartened and deeply disturbed by what I saw recently driving home from Lebanon to Albany along Hwy. 34. A large herd of sheep had just been shorn and stripped of their wool winter coat. They were standing in mud, huddled together trying to brace against the nasty cold wind and freezing rain with no shelter.

This uncomfortable scene sent cold chills up my spine. These sheep were obviously shivering and suffering from the cold with their bare backs and without any protection. It seemed like such cruel, inhumane and merciless treatment for these poor, vulnerable and defenseless animals.

I believe strongly, that every animal has a right to three basic needs, namely, food, water and shelter. This is part of their survival. How can a sheep farmer go to sleep in his warm bed at night and fail to provide for his sheep who are in the cold with no coat for their naked body?

These poor sheep deserve better treatment from their master. Where is his pity and compassion for his dear sheep?

Louis Lehman

Albany (Feb. 21)

 

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