"A school in Burbank, Ohio offers young children “mutton busting” lessons, or instruction on how to ride sheep. The naturally sensitive and easily frightened sheep are chased by frenzied kids, who tug at the sheep’s ears, fur, and tails in an attempt to mount the petrified animals and remain saddled as long as possible. As a result of this sport, sheep sustain bruises and rashes from the aggressive encounters, which serve as nothing but cheap entertainment.
This overt exploitation is anything but painless. As the children strive to outdo one another amidst a cheering crowd of parents and teachers, two very startling things become evident: Innocent creatures are being happily mistreated, and the next generation of children is systematically being desensitized to this horrific abuse.
Please spare these sheep from further agony and embarrassment, and help end the vicious cycle of animal abuse and human ignorance."