Wednesday 7 December 2016

Some viewers outraged by Late Late Show segment which featured newly born lambs in a carousel

Published 23/01/2016 | 13:34

A lamb tests out TJ Gormley's new tagging system on RTE's Late Late Show
A lamb tests out TJ Gormley's new tagging system on RTE's Late Late Show

Outraged viewers of The Late Late Show have taken to Twitter in numbers to complain about a segment involving newly-born lambs, which many said were “frightened” and “uncomfortable” upon the RTE stage.

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The lambs, who were born last week, appeared on the talk show with Galway based entrepreneur TJ Gormley of Cormac Tagging, who was demonstrating an invention which makes tagging lambs on the farm much more humane.

However, many viewers claimed the lambs, who were accompanied by their mother, looked uncomfortable and frightened on The Late Late Show stage.

“The lamb carousel on The Late Late Show is really disturbing. Poor little lambs,” Twitter user Ellis Morrison wrote.

“Did I just see a lamb basically being frightened the life out of on The Late Late Show?” Scott O’Keeffe tweeted.

The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) has discounted claims from viewers that the segment was a demonstration of animal cruelty.

IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lysnkey said that the invention makes the tagging process much less stressful for lambs.

“I think if people sat down and watched it back again they would see that the lamb wasn’t struggling. He was sitting comfortably with no stress or anything. He went and suckled his mother after he was put down,” he said.

“It’s a way of handling the lamb which ensures he’s not squeezed or anything.

A lamb tests out TJ Gormley's new tagging system on RTE's Late Late Show
A lamb tests out TJ Gormley's new tagging system on RTE's Late Late Show

“TJ Gormley is a top class man with a deep experience with lambs. Anything to make sheep farming less laborious and easier on the lambs is welcomed,” he said.

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