Normal to believe lambs and sheep should be pets?

I just can't stand the thought of lambs and sheep being slaughtered for meat. They should be pets, like cats and dogs. I've seen some YouTube videos of lambs, the way they frolic, jump, and run around so happily, and I've seen a few videos of people having a lamb or sheep as a pet, and they were even more playful and affectionate with their owners than dogs or puppies are. There's something so happy and innocent about lambs and sheep. I really don't think there should be anymore slaughterhouses for them, at all! Pigs, chickens, and cattle, I don't object as strongly to them being slaughtered, as long as they're being stunned and not suffering for one second, I can't stand the thought of any animal suffering. And I still eat beef, pork, and chicken (they're being stunned and not suffering). But lambs and sheep shouldn't be slaughtered ever, even if they're stunned. Cows, pigs, and chickens don't have that same happy innocence as lambs/sheep, and don't contain the same level interest as befriending and loving humans as pet owners. Cows and pigs can attack people too, and do. But lambs/sheep never attack anyone, and they are just too happy, playful, affectionate, and innocent for me to be ok with the thought of them going to slaughterhouses. Anyone else feel the same?

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  • So the animals you consider cute get to live but the rest are fine to be slaughtered?

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    • It's not about lambs and sheep being cuter, it's about them having nicer and more harmless natures.

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    • They're not fine to be slaughtered, I just object less strongly. And did you read in my post that I can't stand any animal being slaughtered unless they're stunned first and feel absolutely no pain or suffering?

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  • a pissed off sheepll stomp yalls ass

    a happy sheepll shit all over yalls house

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    • Yeah I was about to say, sheep will just shit all over the house like a rabbit. Hence why I’d never own a rabbit or a sheep

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  • I've brought up plenty of pet lambs, orphans for that matter. Cute little things when they are young loads of personality. As they get older however, especially rams, even wethers, can turn to be aggressive, head butting etc. No matter how bonded you were with them when they were young it is always a possibility. Sheep also have a strong yearn to be with a flock so it is inevitably cruel to keep them by themselves. Over all they can make great pets, they are intelligent creatures but as they get older they grow more skittish, especially with a larger flock and are not to be expected to behave in a pet mannerism like dogs, or either cats. Sheep make great farm pet animals, they are not really meant for the indoors either. It's a tough question really. I personally stray from eating lamb, mostly because of the idea that it is from a very young sheep, a lamb. Sure many animals are slaughter young to avoid tougher meat but I just feel like sheep are slaughtered real young, weeks of age for that matter. I personally have never been a fan of the meat anyways.

    Regardless, any animal can have the potential to make a pet, it just depends on the way you look at them. Generally when they are young aswell. As animals get older they have a much stronger desire to return to instinct. They aren't really like cats or dogs, extremely dependent and loyal to us in return. Hell even dogs or cats can go back to a very skittish, wary nature.

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    • You have a point about how grown sheep would rather flock back to be with other sheep. I just wasn't seeing that in these videos, but I'm sure they would've been happy to be with the others if they had the chance. In one of the videos, this woman kept a sheep as a pet to save it from going to the slaughterhouse with the others, that really touched me. And in another video, a married couple raised a sheep from lambhood and they all bonded so well, the sheep even played fetch and cuddled on the couch with them while watching TV.

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    • The videos I saw where sheep was being kept as a pet, they were bonding so well with the owners, so affectionate and playful, and they mentioned how harmless they are. And I myself have never seen sheep attack anyone before either. None of them were keeping rams as pets though.

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      • Yeah ewes are way more placid in comparison to rams. Personally I find sheep quite stink aha.

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        • Yes, lambs and ewes were the ones that the people in the video were keeping as pets and bonding so well with, playing fetch, cuddling on couch, etc. Rams wouldn't have been like that so much and would've been more likely to attack or head butt their owners, unless they became wethers. The power of testosterone. It's why moose bulls get into vicious head butting fights over the females during mating season.

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  • I had two pet lambs when I was ten. Was eating Sunday lunch and asked dad where Larry and Lenny were; he said 'on your plate'. I've been a vegetarian ever since. I wish all animals could be allowed to live, but it's the awful suffering we put animals through that gets to me.

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    • I see exactly where you're coming from! I would've been so freakin pissed off at my parents for that, especially if they knew that those lambs were your pets. I only hope that you didn't have to see the horror of them getting slaughtered. I saw a video of that once for the first and last time. See my response to Vvaas, particularly the last paragraph.

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  • Saying that any animal has more of a right to life based on their looks isn't fair really. Imagine if we applied that same judgement on humans: "A 22 year old woman died in a fire tonight. She wasn't that attractive though so it could've been worse". The only reason you're deeming sheep as more important than cows and pigs is because of what they do for you, they make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    • It's not just about how it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, the sheep and lambs are bonding better with the owners than I've ever seen cattle or pigs do. And, I made it clear in my post that I don't actually like the idea of any animal being slaughtered, I just hate the idea of sheep/lambs being slaughtered even more. It's not about looks, it's about the lambs and sheep natures compared to the others, I made that clear. I'm not choosing based on looks.

      And, I also made clear that no animals should ever be slaughtered without being stunned first, I can not stand the idea of ANY animal suffering.

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  • If you think sheep and goats don't attack people, you don't know much about them and you know which ones are the worst? Those which have been raised as pets, especially from the bottle fed stage.

    You're oddly selective about which animals should be slaughtered for meat and which not: calves and piglets and chickens are playful and fun to watch too.

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    • I don't like the idea of any animal being slaughtered, but I am less objective to pigs and cattle than lambs/sheep being slaughtered, as long as they are stunned and don't suffer, I made that last part very clear. I don't want any animals to suffer.

      I have not seen piglets or calfs to be as harmless and playful as lambs, the term "gentle as a lamb" is for a reason.

      However, since I did not put this in my post, but I guess some of it is that in reality, many more lambs than piglets or calfs are slaughtered (well calfs are slaughtered As veal, and I hate that too!). It's worse when an animal not grown yet is slaughtered. I still 100℅ object to cattle, pigs, and chickens being slaughtered unless they are stunned first and feel no suffering or pain. Sheep are more harmless than the others from everything I've seen, I was just touched by the videos of these people with pet lambs and pet grown sheep and how well they bonded, I've never seen anyone bond like that with pigs or cattle at any age.

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  • "sheep never attack anyone" boy go up to a ram and it will beat the fuck out of you even an ewe will fucking give you plenty of bruises especially if she has a lamb with her. you don't know shit about sheep they're evil motherfuckers. fucking city kids

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    • I didn't mean that they never attack, I'm making that correction right now. It's like with the common misconception of pit bulls being evil but only really are if they've been abused. Sometimes a sheep will be more vicious if that's how they were raised. The stories I saw were of people who raised the sheep that they adopted as pets, they raised them well without abuse, and the sheep were comfortable and familiar with their owners and bonded with them very well, walked them and played fetch with them (just like with a dog), and the sheep was cuddling with the owners (in both stories I saw on YouTube). And in one of the stories, the lambs were frolicking around and licking the owners' hands, and the mother sheep was there and you know what she did then? She also licked the owners' hands and cuddled with them. The exact same kind of bonding that owners have with their dogs. There was absolutely no sheep angrily defending her lambs. Lambs and sheep should also be a man's best friend.

      And it's not just what I saw in the videos, I've also read before and talked to people who've owned sheep that female sheep rarely attack humans unless they've had a background of being abused. That, I'm sure is where you've gotten your info in your comment from, plus you mentioned rams and there were no rams in the videos I saw. And even rams will only attack either someone unfamiliar and deemed a threat, and/or if they were abused in their past.

      I will make the correction from what I said on my post, I didn't mean that sheep never attack, I meant that they attack less often than other animals and only when threatened and/or with an abusive background.

      Now with lambs, they really do never attack, they never are seen doing anything but happily frolicking, pouncing playfully, and being affectionate. And then I once saw a video, a video much more horrible than the touching videos I've been talking about of the people keeping lambs and sheep as pets. In this horrible video, I saw a group of lambs being grabbed in a slaughterhouse, those same lambs that I've seen in other videos so happily and playfully and innocently jumping around and baa-ing happily, the lambs were now in a slaughterhouse being grabbed roughly and getting a knife to their necks with them baa-ing in a freaky different way than normal with such fear and terror in their eyes, IT MADE ME FUCKING SICK!!! They were not even fucking stunning them!!! I saw terror and suffering and pain from such kind gentle playful happy little animals! Now do you see where I'm coming from on how I think that lamb slaughterhouses should be 100℅ outlawed?

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      • holy fuck settle down there looks like you're writing a fucking novel. first your statement with the "pit bulls" (they aren't even fucking called that, no breed is called pit bull. it's american pit bull terrier.) APBT ARE genetically aggressive. they were literally bred for the purpose of bloodsports and dog fighting, the breed standard is high dog aggression and reactivity. you could give an APBT all the love in the world but it will still be aggressive towards dogs because that's it's purpose. this doesn't mean all APBT will be dog aggressive, you find unicorns in every breed, like it might be extremely rare but there's a very low chance you'll find a border collie that has little to no herding instinct. the majority of APBT are dog aggressive though, not because they're abused but because that's what their original purpose was bred for.

        uh huh, i highly doubt what you're claiming. i use to live next to some neighbour's who had sheep, you jump in their pen and the rams would fucking come over to fight you. my neighbour's didn't abuse these sheep. literally go out into rural farm lands and jump the fence and walk up to a ram or ewe with a lamb, 99% guaranteed they're gonna be absolutely pissed and attack you. rams are especially aggressive as fuck, just like most male species. rams, bulls, roosters, etc. will all have a go at you, doesn't matter if they've been abused or not.

        of course a lamb can't attack, it's a baby. i don't really think a baby chicken or cow is going to go around on a bloodthirsty rampage either because it's a baby lmao, they can't defend themselves even if they tried, that's what the mother is there for.

        you keep talking about "i've watched this video," "i saw it on a video," i honestly think you need to go out into real life country and visit a sheep farm because right now you're just deluding yourself with videos, if you had actual experience you'd understand sheep way better than just watching a few videos.

        you don't think all farm animals go through pain and terror in slaughterhouses? what you think sheep are cuter than the rest so they get a special pass? yeah fuck all the chickens screaming in pain and crying as they get their beaks and feet cut off, sheep are way cuter so who the fuck would care about the pain and suffering of the other animals.

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        • I specifically have mentioned in several different places including up top now that I don't like ANY animal suffering, and don't like the idea of any animal getting slaughtered unless they are stunned first and don't suffer. You implying that I don't give a fuck about chickens screaming and getting their heads cut off totally shows that you have not read anything I've written above about how I don't like ANY animal to suffer. All animals must be stunned first so they don't suffer. I'm not saying lambs get a special pass, but yeah, it bothers me even more when the animal is even more innocent.

          I see your point about what you're saying about how I've gotten alot of my info from videos and have not actually been to a sheep farm. Except I have, I've hung out with a couple different friends of mine on farms before, and the sheep were as gentle as anything. One of them told me to be careful of the cows though.

          As for the pit bulls, or American Pitt bull terrier, I have another friend who owns one and he's a friendly dog. He is someone who's told me about how most vicious attacks came from the dogs who were raised to be vicious and to be attack dogs. I should have worded that part different, it's not always about if they were abused, it's sometimes about which dogs have been raised and trained to be attack dogs. But I'm really not as clueless about all this as you're saying I am. I've been around too.

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          • bro what the fuck took you like an entire month to reply. you're okay with slaughter as long as the animal is stunned and isn't suffering, so why are you against slaughtering sheep? they're stunned and aren't suffering either when they're processed, each large to medium livestock animal is processed the exact same way, bolt to the head and neck cut including sheep, cow, whatever. you are saying lambs should get a special pass though, this is exactly what you wrote in your original post "I really don't think there should be anymore slaughterhouses for them, at all!" implying there should not be slaughtered, which is giving them a special pass.

            APBT were genetically bred for dog aggression and animal reactivity, it's even in their breed standard. just like herding is in the breed standard for border collies and retrieving is in the breed standard for labradors.

            you could get an APBT puppy and show it the upmost love and kindness in the world, but it will still be dog aggressive and still want to kill other dogs because that's how genetics work. you cannot train out genetics and what a certain breed was bred to do. it doesn't matter if an APBT was raised to be an attack dog or not, any APBT can be dog aggressive and maul other dogs or animals.

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  • I had a lamb called chops

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  • I didn't read your post. Do you know what it takes to have a pet???

    Get a kelpie. She will protect your sheep.

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