I have close friends who live on a farm, and I have seen them shear, as well as at fairs. They are VERY careful, because one youve had an animal (even livestock) for an amount of time, they create an attachement to them, and wouldn't do anything to hurt them. Also those sheep I belive are relieved, Would you want to wear a super thick wool sweater all summer? I don't think so. Also for sheep, after not being sheared for a while, they get dirty and matted. Just my 2 cents
I HAve gotten some stares when KIP, but it dosen't stop me. It's funny cause half of my friends are knitters/ crocheters, but none of them are hip crocheters. so that sucks. But two if my close friends make fin of me for it and role their eyes when i go to sites and join groups.