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Meat and Livestock Australia Spring Lamb destroying family bonds


Meat and Livestock Australia Spring Lamb Campaign 

Meat and Livestock Australia’s 2020 Spring Lamb campaign attempts to convince Australians to eat lamb. This campaign shows various top chefs cooking their own Spring Lamb recipes with Aussie heroes to encourage the public to share their own lamb dishes. Meat and Livestock Australia presents the idea that Spring Lamb is “the meat that brings people together”. Last year, however, approximately 21 million lambs[1] were torn away from their mothers at less than 8 months of age and sent off to slaughter destroying family bonds.

Meat and Livestock Australia promoting a known carcinogen

  MLA presents Jimmy Niggles as one of their legends with whom to share a lamb dish.  Jimmy Niggles campaigns to reduce the number of people who die from melanoma each year. What is missing from their presentation is the fact that lamb and other red meats are known to increase the risk of other forms of cancer.

“While red meat is widely promoted by health professionals as an excellent source of dietary iron, its consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, including colorectal (bowel) cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Our nation’s love of barbecuing red meat also results in the production of harmful chemicals which are associated with an increased risk of cancer.”

– Lucy Taylor APD AN, Clinical Dietitian, Bloom Nutrition and Diet Solutions

Meat and Livestock Australia Spring Lamb destroying family bonds

On the one hand MLA is praising the saving of lives through the early detection of skin cancer at the same time as encouraging the very product that increases the risk of other types of cancer. If they were genuinely concerned for the health of people they would not be encouraging the consumption of known carcinogens but instead be encouraging people to adopt a plant based diet. 

“Those who eat a varied plant-based diet are at no higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia than non-vegetarians” [2]

For plant based sources of all the necessary requirements of iron, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and iodine please visit http://melbournesheepsave.org/plant-based-alternatives-to-animal-products/


The environmental impact of eating Spring Lamb

Meat and Livestock Australia praises the environmental efforts of the “legend” Pete Ceglinski, who promotes the environmental awareness of cleaning our oceans. The contradiction seen here is that MLA is one of the leading causes of the environmental destruction of this earth through their contribution to climate change. 

Meat and Livestock Australia Spring Lamb destroying family bonds

“The destructive impact of animal agriculture on our environment far exceeds that of any other technology on Earth…The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined” [3]

The animal food industry contributes to approximately 30% of greenhouse emissions. This includes around 11% from livestock emissions and 17.8% from livestock deforestation. [4] 

When this is combined with the fact that in Australia we use more than 70% of land for animal agriculture (compared to less than 1% for cities and mining [5]) it seems that MLA are on very unstable ground when it comes to promoting environmental issues. 

The suffering that Meat and Livestock Australia keeps hidden

“Animal agriculture is responsible for the suffering and slaughter of trillions of animals each and every year around the globe” [6]

Meat and Livestock Australia, an industry built on animal slaughter, would have us believe that the business of animal farming is performed humanely. What MLA fails to bring to light is the suffering lambs and ewes endure, not only prior to the Spring Lamb Campaign, but throughout the entire lambing season.


10 to 15 million newborn lambs die every year during the first 48 hours of “life” on Australian farms. Largely born across the freezing nights of the Australian Winter, they die of various causes including malnutrition and exposure. The lambs who survive past the initial stage of life are subjected to a traumatic and painful marking process, at as young as 2 weeks of age, that includes:

  • Tail docking without anaesthetic
  • Castration (for males) without anaesthetic
  • Ear tagging without anaesthetic

Excluding the number of lamb who die between 48 hours and slaughter age (between 6 to 8 months) the total number of young lives lost is a staggering 31 – 36 million annually. 

Lamb at a saleyard
Meat and Livestock Australia Spring Lamb destroying family bonds


  • Ewes are selectively bred to have multiple births placing an unnatural strain on their bodies
  • Ewes are often undernourished, particularly in current drought conditions, with farmers being unable or unwilling to supplement their feed. This makes it even more difficult to give birth to healthy lambs let alone look after them
  • Countless ewes die a slow, agonising death during the birthing process or shortly after

A more detailed description of the issues involved in sheep farming can be read at http://melbournesheepsave.org/the-issues-2/


Is Spring Lamb really the “meat that brings people together”?

 Meat and Livestock Australia have whitewashed this industry with lies and deception because, if the truth were known, MLA would cease to exist. 

Rephrasing MLA’s campaign statement  “the meat that brings people together” to the more truthful version “the slaughter of 6 to 8 month old babies brings people together” more accurately reflects the immeasurable suffering of every lamb endures throughout their short life.

When you accept that a plant based diet is better for your health and that of the environment, in addition to reducing the suffering of animals, then the only morally acceptable decision is the adoption of plant based diet.