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Remember Cumbria's animal victims!
Posted 23 November 2009
Hundreds, if not thousands, of sheep and cattle have perished in the floods that have been battering Cumbria. Farmers Weekly’s (FW) online news service reports that dead animals have been seen floating alongside bales of silage in the flooded River Derwent, which passes through the centre of Cockermouth.
Many farmers, FW reports, anticipate that 'the scale of their stock losses ...will be well into the hundreds of dead animals if not substantially more'. With rivers bursting their banks as a result of the unprecedented rains, ‘massive areas’ of low lying land have been submerged under several feet of water.
Says Animal Aid Director, Andrew Tyler:
For obvious reasons, the focus has been upon the devastation caused by the flooding to Cumbria’s human communities. But we should remember also the enormous burden paid by sheep, especially. They are often without any shelter at all from the punishing winds and rain of more typical winter downpours. As a consequence, large numbers routinely die in the fields and on the hills – and without any public or media comment. The scale of death and suffering resulting from the floods of the past days should prompt serious thinking about the price we ask these animals to pay. November is Vegan Month and our message to the public is that lamb flesh is not essential for sustaining human life. Please consider adopting a humane and healthy diet that is animal-free.