Treatment of Animals Around the World

The article, "Living Off the Sheep's Back," April 16, depicts an unrealistically pretty picture of the wool industry. While Australian shepherd David Bell may feel his life is "a good life to live," I question how contented his sheep really are. The lambs are taken away from their mothers after only a few months, notches are cut in their ears, their tails are cut off, and they are given chemical baths.

These practices are cruel and would hardly result in a contented animal, as the article implies. Jennifer Friedman, Eugene, Ore.

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