Bad Press for Muttons

"Those animals which take refuge under the protection of man, in a few generations become indolent and helpless. Having lost the habit of self-defence, they seem to lose all the instincts of nature. The sheep, in its present domestic state, is, of all animals, the most defenceless and inoffensive. With its liberty, it seems to have been deprived of its swiftness and cunning; and what might in the ass be called patience, in the sheep appears to be stupidity...
The sheep appears to have none of those traits that betoken either courage or cunning; its large eyes, separated from each other, its ears sticking out on each side, and its narrow nostrils, all testify to the extreme simplicity of this creature."

Oliver Goldsmith - History of Man and Quadrupeds (1842).

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