Breaking! Tasmanian Police Launch Investigation After Horrific Video Of A Sheep Being Sheared With A Chainsaw Is Shared On Social Media

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An appalling video of a scared and distressed sheep being sheared with a chainsaw in Tasmania is circulating on social media.

According to an online post by Jan Davies, the CEO of RSPCA Tasmania, the police have confirmed that they launched an investigation into the shocking and heartbreaking case of animal abuse.

“Following a formal report made at the Oatlands Police Station, the people involved have been identified and Tasmanian police will be pressing charges,” stated Davis, further noting that RSPCA inspectors are assisting in the investigation.

Professional shearers are paid by the number of sheep they shear, which the RSPCA estimates can be up to 200 sheep per day, which translates into two to three minutes to shear a sheep. Using a chainsaw to do this to an innocent sheep is a whole other level of abuse.

Davis took the opportunity to also remind the community that everyone has a responsibility to report any cruelty or inappropriate behavior towards animals to the authorities. It is imperative that reports are made as soon as an animal abuse issue is revealed.

“We need your help to identify people who do the wrong thing and to ensure that they are held to account for their actions,” concluded Davis. “That can only happen if members of the public demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare by following the proper process and alerting the authorities.”

Animal cruelty reports can be made to the RSPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1300 139 947, by email to, or on the RSPCA Tasmania website.

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