New documentary counted the amount of gay sheep

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Channel 4 documentary My Gay Dog and Other Animals has claimed that one in 12 sheep (8%) is gay, relying on the words of the American professor Charles Rosell, who held a research with an aim to find out whether homosexual tendencies among sheep could affect the sheep industry from the economic point of view. The economic consequences for farmers of having “gay” sheep are also discussed in the one-off documentary, because farmers can lose money if their rams are not interested in ewes. Dewi Jones, a commercial breeder who is CEO of sheep breeding firm Innovis, says homosexual rams have to be sent to the slaughterhouse, The Independent reports. Roselli published a study in 2011, called “The Development of Male-Oriented Behavior in Rams,” which says that gay behavior in sheep could be caused by a number of factors, such as bran differences or genetics. Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, told The Independent that the claims were “nonsense” and that gay behavior in rams was down to high testosterone levels during breeding season.

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