I was upset, shocked and appalled today by what I observed in a large field of sheep and their ill treatment in this severe cold, snowy weather. They had recently been sheared of their heavy wool coats and as a result were hunkered over, shivering, trying desperately to keep warm in their thin coats. What a pathetic, painful and pitiful scene! How can any master sleep at night knowing that his sheep are suffering in the cold without any shelter and a dry place to sleep. It seems terribly inhumane and cruel to treat an animal with such inconsideration and heartlessness in this kind of inclement weather.
I grew up on a farm and we always treated our animals well and provided for them. My father believed strongly that every animal has a right to three things; food, water and dry shelter. I believe that the Lord requires that we treat animals with decency and proper respect. Oregon sheep farmers would do well if they would wait to shear their sheep until the warm spring weather appears. They also need to provide appropriate shelter for their sheep, especially when they are lambing and when the weather is cold and freezing. Brrrr!
Louis A. Lehman
Albany (Feb. 25)