Wool and Sheep Skin Products

Why?

According to PETA:

“Sheep are gentle individuals who, like all animals, feel pain, fear, and loneliness. But because there’s a market for their fleece and skins, they’re treated as nothing more than wool-producing machines.

Shearers are usually paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast work without any regard for the welfare of the sheep. This hasty and careless shearing leads to frequent injuries, and workers use a needle and thread to sew the worst wounds shut—without any pain relief. Strips of skin—and even teats, tails, and ears—are often cut or ripped off during shearing.

A PETA investigation of more than 30 shearing sheds in the U.S. and Australia uncovered rampant abuse. Shearers were caught punching, kicking, and stomping on sheep, in addition to hitting them in the face with electric clippers and standing on their heads, necks, and hind limbs. One shearer was seen beating a lamb in the head with a hammer. Another even used a sheep’s body to wipe the sheep’s own urine off the floor. And yet another shearer repeatedly twisted and bent a sheep’s neck, breaking it.”

According to a Hearts.com article

 

  • The cruel practice of mulesing: Merino sheep (popular in Australia) have wrinkly skin to increase wool production, but this exposes them to heat exhaustion and makes their skin ideal for the laying of fly eggs. Farmers use a painful technique called mulesing (without painkillers) is to cut chunks of skin from the sheep to deter insects from laying eggs. Between 55% and 80% of Merino sheep in Australia experience mulesing.
  • Exposing sheep to toxic pesticides: To control other pests on the sheep, farmers spray chemicals directly on to sheep – chemicals that are toxic to the sheep and the local ecosystem.
  • The cruelty of live sheep export: About 1% of the four million exported sheep die in the journey.  The journey takes several weeks inside crowded, disease-infested ships where illnesses and starvation are common. Small lambs and sheep that are lame get trampled on and die from suffocation.  Australia exports the most sheep to countries like the Middle East, North Africa, Mexico, the Philippines, China, and other South East Asian countries.

 

 

 

 

Learn More

Hearts: Keep Sheep Happy with Cruelty-Free Wool

PETA: The Wool Industry

 

Follow Campaign

Stop Live Exports

PETA

The Humane Society of the United States

 

Alternatives

Faux Wool
A fake wool made from polyester

Cruelty Free Wool

Recycled Wool

Reuse
If you miss your wool products but don’t want to support the wool industry try finding them at your local thrift store

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Vegan Alternatives

List of Vegan Clothing Alternatives