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  Photograph: Karin Granström.  
     
     
 Sheep have a very strong herd instinct, so when they are moved they stick together and follow one another. This can be utilised by staff at slaughterhouses, taking the lead with a decoy clad in sheepskin when the animals leave the transport vehicle, are moved to the stunning pen, etc. It can also be effective to take the lead by rattling a feed bucket – many sheep are used to this when, for example, being moved to different pastures. That said, what are known as Judas sheep are not permitted.  
     
     
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  Decoy sheep used when moving sheep at a slaughterhouse. Photograph: Johan Beck-Friis.  
     
     
   
  Sheep follow the decoy into the stunning pen. Film: Anne Algers, SLU.  
     
     
 Getting hold of the wool of sheep when lifting or moving them is not permitted. This can cause pain and also causes bleeding of the carcass. Sheep should be kept still as shown in the picture below, by gripping beneath the head and controlling the head movements. The same grip can be used to carefully move the animal forwards over short distances. When lifting sheep, take hold of the animal around the chest and beneath the hindquarters. During stunning it is appropriate to restrain the animal by standing astride it.  
     
     
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