The RSPCA and different animal rights teams have criticised a music pageant for dyeing its sheep brilliant pink.
The animals have grow to be a signature sight at Latitude Competition in Suffolk over the previous 14 years.
However the observe has been labelled “ignorant and merciless” by Peta activists, whereas a petition calling for change has practically 3,000 signatures.
Organisers stated the water-based dye just isn’t dangerous and that “sheep welfare is the farmers’ precedence”.
A spokesman for the RSPCA stated it could be writing to Latitude organisers concerning the sheep.
“We wish all animals handled with kindness and respect and would discourage folks from portray or dying animals for novelty functions,” she added.
Criticism started when a video was posted on the pageant’s Instagram web page confirmed the discharge of the animals at Henham Park web site.
Whereas a quantity defended the custom, saying they have been “joyful” a pure dye was used, different posts describe the colorful sheep as “disgusting”, “pointless and horrible”.
One commentator wrote: “What a ridiculous occasion of animal exploitation for leisure, revenue and a few Instagram likes.”
A petition to finish the observe has been backed by 2,800 folks in three days, calling the sheep “sentient beings, not occasion props”.
An announcement on the pageant web site stated: “The sheep welfare is the farmers’ precedence and we’re very happy with each the dying and grassing accessible on the pageant.
“The sheep are dip-dyed utilizing pure, water-based dye. They’re used to dip-dyeing as a part of their regular farm life.”
Farmers perform day by day checks to make sure the welfare of the sheep, it added.
The sell-out pageant ran from Thursday to Sunday, with an estimated 40,000 folks attending to see reside music, arts and comedy.
Headliners Stereophonics stepped in to switch Snow Patrol on Saturday night time’s primary stage, whereas different big-name performers included George Ezra and Lana Del Rey.