School row lamb sent to slaughter
A school lamb that was hand-reared for meat by Kent pupils learning about the food chain has been slaughtered despite a national row over his fate.
Lydd Primary decided to send neutered male Marcus to slaughter earlier than planned, Kent County Council said.
TV host Paul O'Grady offered to buy him and a pupil's mother objected to his killing but head teacher Andrea Charman said the move had overwhelming support.
Animal welfare campaigners want the school to end its slaughter programme.
In a statement issued following Marcus's slaughter over the weekend, Ms Charman said: "The decision to send the Wether lamb for meat, which has the support of the school council and staff, the governing body and the majority of parents, has now been carried out.
"When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies. Read More
Here is an update on the sheep story that I shared with you yesterday. Of course PETA had to get involved and tried shaming the children into not harvesting their sheep. Unfortunately for them they were a little too late. The children of this school got their wish and will be able to continue learning about livestock from the funds generated through this project. We talk a lot about how consumers aren’t educated about farming and livestock production and this shows the PETA would really like to keep it that way. By not allowing these kids to understand that livestock are raised to produce food for us, they can further that disconnect and hopefully convince these uneducated people to support them. I think the disconnect goes further than just food production anymore though, it’s a disconnect from reality and the circle of life. I will continue to shout this out loud, the success of life depends on death. Every single living thing can only stay living by causing death to something else. That is a lesson that has been lost for most people.