Dear Mr Kiwi Sheep Farmer Please use rattles - sincerely Tesco's UK
Sometimes I think stupidity can come in the form of a Tesco's Supermarket representative visiting Silver Fern Farm's Meat Processing facility, and for some strange and bizarre reason, that can only be known to those that are Tesco's Supermarket Executives (obviously it is top secret) make a dictum so ridiculous - it's beyond the realms of sane normal belief.
The pushers of Political Correctness are rubbing their hands with glee right now as men with rattles and waving arms herd sheep to their doom within the dark bowels of the Silver Fern's abbatoir. Yes you read right I said Rattles and waving arms. Dogs it seems aren't in vogue anymore because and I quote "no dogs should be used to muster animals destined to slaughter."
Excuse me? No dogs? In a letter to the Daily Telegraph by C.S Waddington of Canterbury this is exactly what happened. Waddington writes
People here are astounded. The relationship between a trained working dog and sheep is so customary and understood as to be almost symbiotic. For centuries dogs have been used to protect sheep, even in the absence of a shepherd. A sheep will happily graze next to a dog.