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Boots Hiding UGGly Cruelty

Posted 31 January 2012   by         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: sheep, lambs, wool, mulesing, uggies


I just heard that a high school in Pennsylvania has banned students from wearing UGG boots to class. Apparently the kids have been hiding all sorts of things in them, from mobile phones to chocolate bars!

But not many people realise that the boots themselves hide an even UGGlier truth. They are made from the skin of Australian sheep -- not just the wool -- the skin.

And it's not just the fact that animals can't actually live without their skin, but sheep raised in Australia for their wool have a tough time from the moment their life begins.

At least 20% of lambs born each year die shortly after birth, from exposure during freezing cold spring nights, infections or fox attacks. That's millions of babies referred to as 'wastage' annually. And those that survive could hardly be called lucky. Lambs are often castrated and have their tails cut off without any pain relief -- wait, that isn't even the worst of it.

Over many generations Aussie farmers have bred Merino sheep to have so much skin (more skin=more wool!) that the wrinkles around the sheep's bum can lead to deadly flystrike. The farmers' solution? Cut off the wrinkles. That's right, no miracle cream here, just cut them off!


And that's exactly what happens. The lambs are restrained on their backs with their little legs tied together while slices of skin are cut away from around their bottoms. This is often done with NO pain relief and always leaves gaping bloody wounds - these are baby animals!

This horror procedure is called mulesing. It's so painfully gruesome that when Pamela Anderson learned of it, she stopped wearing her trademark UGGS straight away and began campaigning against the cruelty and the company.

How is this even legal? I mean if that happened to a kitten or a puppy, the abuser would be charged with animal cruelty. But here in Australia, farm animals just don't get the same legal protection as our pets do, even though they too feel fear and pain. Sheep have even been shown to remember individual faces of their flock mates and people they see regularly. Can you imagine the terror they feel as adults when the person that mutilated their backside upends them again at shearing time?

Please don't support the cruelty of the wool industry. Take the pledge to only wear your own skin and snuggle up with cotton or synthetics. After all, you wouldn't want to look UGGly, would you?

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OinkMoo OinkMoo 31 January 2012
Cruelty isnt fashion
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Corina Corina 2 February 2012
I can't even comprehend why people like UGGS anyway, it's advertised as sheep skin. How can that not disgust anyone?!
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khoofbeat5 khoofbeat5 10 February 2012
I agree with OinkMoo, nothing can be fashionable that causes another living being pain. I see too many people with Uggs at my school. Buy synthetic, always!
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AllyCat AllyCat 12 February 2012
Thats so sad sad
My ugg boots arn't wool, just cotton.
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Little Rainbow Lady Little Rainbow Lady 29 February 2012
I buy synthetic boots, bags and all, but that's mostly because I am a cheap skate, lol. Although, my old horses saddles and bridles used to be leather, but I use synthetic ones now, coz they look better, are easier to care for and are lighter in weight.
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Jade Simpson Jade Simpson 2 March 2012
I never wear uggs or wool so that is good at least. Farming can be so barbaric.
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Theodora Theodora 11 March 2012
Inever knew that UGG did that ....
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 13 August 2012
UGGs are UGGly!
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Dennis Loef Dennis Loef 19 August 2012
I would like to see the cruelty happening on hidden camera.....then i might believe. Not just a picturen with 1 wound on a sheep again a load of BS.
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Jesse Jesse 20 August 2012
Hi Dennis, Welcome to Unleashed, and thanks for your thoughts happy

Mulesing, castration and tail 'docking' are common practices in the sheep industry. They are allowed by law. So walk onto any sheep farm and you'll likely see some if not all of these practices. If you do want to see some footage of mulesing, then there are a number of videos on youtube. We didn't post them because we didn't think our readers needed to see this cringeworthy practice. But if you want to see it for yourself, then I'd suggest you do a quick search on youtube for some investigation footage.
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szymasze szymasze 4 October 2012
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Horsewhisper911 Horsewhisper911 4 October 2012
Horrible. We need to educate the consumer about the high price that animals are paying for it . Not right no compassionate its inhumane and its no reason to have this ugly boots . Alternative vegan . Have a piece if mind knowing you didn't inhumanly kill it use an animal for whatever you are wearing . Too many stupid and ignorant people out there . There it's time to change .
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Dave Bernazani Dave Bernazani 4 October 2012
Wow, thanks for sharing this information.  Now I can be a more informed consumer, and educate others about UGGs.  Well done, Unleashed!
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Lorry Lorry 16 October 2012
Have you ever seen a sheep dying from flystrike and the suffering they go through?  Would you suggest the farmer runs around wiping the sheeps bottoms everyday or covers them in insect repellent?   Please suggest a viable alternative to mulesing to stop these animals from being eaten alive by maggots? FYI, it is not only the 'wrinkly merinos' that get flystrike.
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Dr Wilhelm Dr Wilhelm 17 October 2012
In this day and age, all this is cruel and senseless. People who are cruel to animals are going backwards.
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Okami ovo vegetarian Okami ovo vegetarian 18 November 2014
ohno those poor lil baby sheep!   cry confused sad
when i get mu own farm house i will have pet sheep
and i will NOT mulse them but i might put antiseptic cream on them.
i will ONLY shear them if its summer and they are complete puffballs but i will shear them humanely like gently on the back or something.
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