Farmer overcome with sadness takes lambs to sanctuary instead of abattoir

A farmer lost out on £9,000 after he had a change of heart and decided to save his lambs instead of having them slaughtered.
Sivalingam Vasanthakumar had 20 lambs in his truck and was taking them to an abattoir but decided to take them to an animal sanctuary instead.
He has been a farmer for 47 years in Totnes, Devon.
Devon farmer Sivalingam Vasanthakumar has decided to pack up his job as a farmer (Picture: SWNS)
He was overcome with guilt so took his lambs to a sanctuary instead of an abattoir (Picture: SWNS)
He had been a farmer for 47 years in Totnes, Devon (Picture: SWNS)
Sivalingam said: ‘I just couldn’t cope any more and I had to say no. I was taking them to the slaughterhouse and that was stressing me out a lot.
‘I realised this year, I couldn’t do it. The emotional toll had become too much.’
He drove them 200 miles to Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries, near Kidderminster, where they are now being cared for.
Sivalingam decided to change his career several months ago when he would normally take the lambs to market.
He said he cooks Indian dishes and planned to sell these and his home-grown vegetables at a Totnes street market instead.
He said: ‘I will still be in the farming world but not livestock farming anymore.’
Sanctuary manager Dave Bourne said there were only a ‘handful’ of sanctuaries the UK that rehomed rescued farm animals.
He’s now started up a business selling food at a market instead (Picture: SWNS)
He drove them 200 miles to Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries, near Kidderminster, where they are now being cared for (Picture: SWNS)