A 14-member group of children aged 6 to 11 -- voted 13-1 to have him killed. The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers.
Around 250 children at the school take part in a program designed to teach them about rearing and breeding animals. The educational farm was started this year, with Marcus being hand-fed by the children. The children also look after ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.
The intention had been to buy pigs with the money raised from slaughtering Marcus, but those plans have been put on hold following the furor created by the lamb's culling. The school said the program may now have to be stopped.
But opponents branded it heartless and cruel, with animal rights campaigners asking why Marcus could not have been used to teach the children about wool, and human rights campaigners worried about the emotional impact of Marcus's death on the children.
A popular talkshow host offered to buy the lamb and give it sanctuary and Facebook groups sprung up to rally support to keep Marcus alive. But the children had the final say. The school defended the children's decision, calling it educational.
"When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies," the school said in a statement.
Back the fuck off you whiny-ass pussies. Let the damn children have their learning experience. It just so happens that we didn't climb to the top of the food chain eating ferns and berries and I don't intend to personally drop off it that way. We need farmers, some of these kids are going to have to grow up to do this kind of thing so shut up and let them learn.
If you don't want to kill lambs and chickens and you prefer to eat swamp grass to survive then have the fuck at it but leave everybody else out of it. I know you think it's cruel and horrible but I think you're stupid and naive. I think based upon that you'll agree that opinion is different from fact. Don't try to control the lives of others, if you want to crusade why don't you go do it in China where they kill animals just because some putz 2,000 years ago said if you grind up it's balls and eat them they'll give you a better erection?
I assure you of one thing PETA. I like meat with my potatoes. If you take away my lamb and chicken and cow meat, I am still going to get it from somewhere. I'll move on to buffalo and antelope and rabbits and endangered dolphins. When you take away those I will eat you if I have to but I'm going to have my burgers and steak one way or another so would you please just kindly fuck off!