Shivering uncontrollably a newly shorn lamb struggles to keep warm as temperatures plummet.
The heartbreaking video, released by animal activist group Vegans Rising, has sparked fury online and calls for the wool industry to be abolished.
The clip was filmed in Victoria’s rural west in early July where winter temperatures frequently hit single digits.
The footage shows the freshly shorn lamb standing alone and shivering in the paddock as the rest of the herd huddles for warmth.
‘Absolutely appalling! Having their babies out in the freezing elements is just cruel. Do they care about their stock?’ one person said.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia Vegans Rising founder Kristin Leigh (pictured) said the activist group wants to see the wool industry abolished
The footage of the sheep was filmed in early July in rural east Victoria
‘Poor little babies and mummas,’ another person commented.
‘Stop buying wool,’ added a third.
The video was posted to the Vegans Rising Facebook page on Monday.
The same group infamously stopped traffic in the Melbourne CBD in April 2019 by chaining themselves to cars on Flinders and Swanston Streets during peak hour.
Speaking to Daily Mail on Tuesday, Australia Vegans Rising founder Kristin Leigh said the group wants to see the wool industry abolished.
‘Ewes are forced to give birth out of season in the winter rather than spring for the wool and meat industry so lambs can be weened on fresh spring grasses,’ Ms Leigh said.
‘This saves the farmers money on feed, however, as you can see in the video, this young lamb was shawn in the freezing winter with no protection from the elements.’
‘The Australian agriculture industry reports up to 10 milllion sheep die due to exposure to the elements and natural predators each year, ‘ Ms Leigh said.
She explained sheep are sheared more than once each year and in winter so their coats grow back thicker.
The caption to the video included the tag #BoycottWool.
Vegans Rising was launched in 2019 and one of the groups first organised actions was disrupting traffic in central Melbourne after they chained themselves to cars on major CBD roads.
Taxpayers had to pay for the disruption caused by vegan activists who shut down the Melbourne CBD (pictured) and targeted abattoirs
Protesters chained themselves to vehicles in Melbourne’s central city, bringing peak hour traffic to a halt in April 2019 (pictured)
The protest during a Monday morning peak commute caught police off-guard, with more than 100 activists blocking the jam-packed intersection outside Flinders Street Station.
Three rental vans were used in the blockade as activists chanted for ‘animal liberation’, with some sitting on tram tracks, linking arms in a circle to halt police attempts to break up the protest.
A number of people also chained themselves to the vehicles that were draped in black and emblazoned with the web address of a vegan film documentary.
The protests were also coordinated to include raids against several abattoirs across the country.
Police eventually scattered the protest, charging one protester with obstructing an emergency worker.
Two 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old, and 36 adults were also charged with offences relating to obstructing a roadway and resisting police.
Vegans Rising speaking outside a Melbourne court after the protests in 2019
Ms Leigh (pictured centre) told Daily Mail Australia Vegans Rising, launched in 2019, was planning more disruptive actions
Ms Leigh told Daily Mail Australia the group was planning more disruptive actions.
‘Videos like freezing lambs in a paddock draw attention to such farming practices which are cruel and we want to see abolished,’ Ms Leigh said.
‘People are raised and indoctrinated to take part in these practices which may go against their core values.’
‘We want people to re-think their habits and are working towards creating a vegan world free from animal exploitation.’
‘We are currently working on some large scale actions and disobedience to keep drawing attention to this.’
Kristin Leigh (pictured) said she wants to see the wool industry abolished and her group was planning further protests