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Wool? What's wrong with wool?

Wool? What's wrong with wool?

Posted 18 July 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: sheep, wool, investigation, video

I stopped wearing wool a long time ago. I didn't really think about it much. I just figured I don't need it. I found some good warm socks made of bamboo and carried on with my life.

But people often ask "Wool? What's wrong with wool?" Well, a lot. Turns out sheep, just like animals in factory farms, routinely have bits of their bodies cut off without any pain relief whatsoever.

What's more, this investigation footage from PETA taken in 19 Australian shearing sheds, (aired on SBS), revealed more about the suffering of sheep in the wool industry than I ever needed to know :(

WARNING: This footage is bad. If graphic vision upsets you, skip the vid and take action now.

Sheep don't deserve this -- kicked, stomped on, punched, hit with shears, thrown ... one animal was even shown being beaten over the head with a hammer!

This horrific abuse has sparked an investigation by authorities and even the wool industry itself is calling for tough action. But here's the thing, even if the wool industry could stamp out those shearers who are hitting and throwing animals, there's at least 3 reasons I'm happy to leave wool out of my wardrobe:

First up shearing is stressful. Sheep can get stressed out just from being separated from the flock, let alone being pinned down and taken to with shears.

Secondly, even if a shearer is slow and careful, sheep can get cut. And with shearers getting paid per sheep, they're not going slow -- in fact, they're in a rush to shear as many sheep as quickly as possible.

And here's the clincher: If sheep are badly cut during shearing, they can have their gaping wounds sewn up using needle and thread, without any pain relief. *Shudder*. I can't even begin to imagine how painful that must be. And the wool industry accepts this practice :( Along with other painful procedures like mulesing and tail docking. (Again, with no pain killers!)

If you're thinking that this is an industry you'd rather not support, then I have some very good news for you. You can make the choice today to not buy into cruelty and give wool the flick. There are so many other things to make jumpers and scarves out of that don't involve any cruelty to animals at all that it's easy as to make the switch :) Make the pledge today.

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P.S. If the truth about wool came as a shock to you, you might be surprised to learn the secret behind leather too. Click here to expose what you were never told about leather.

Header image thanks to Freedom Hill Sanctuary

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