11 Reasons to Have a Wool-Free Winter

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PETA Wool-Free Winter LogoIf you care about animals, wool-free fashions are the way to go this winter. Here’s why:

1.This video:

It’s a one-minute glimpse into everything that’s wrong with the wool industry.

2. Because 2 to 6 million baby lambs die of exposure, disease or other factors every year – and that’s just in the UK.
Most deaths occur within 48 hours of birth.

3. Because shearing is rough, terrifying and often deadly for sheep. 2014-03-30_08_Close up of dead sheep outside shed after work_IMG_0038 This sheep didn’t survive the experience. The shearer handled her so violently that he broke her neck before kicking her headfirst down a chute.

4. Because mulesing – during which sheep have chunks of flesh SLICED OFF – is endemic in Australia, one of the world’s largest producers of wool. credit_PattyMarkslashALV3-400x400 copy Yes, it’s done without painkillers, it really hurts and the wounds often become infected.

5. Because most sheep never make it to old age.
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After a few years, when they’re no longer wanted, they’re generally slaughtered.

6. Because the wool trade is directly linked to the hellish live-export industry.
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Sheep are crammed onto ships for a terrifying journey that can last days or weeks before they are killed in poorly regulated Middle Eastern slaughterhouses.

7. Because sheep are intelligent, complex and sensitive.
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“We are not jumpers!”

8. Because farming sheep isn’t great for the environment, either.
According to environmentalist George Monbiot, “Few kinds of farming have done more harm in proportion to their output than the keeping of sheep in the hills”.

9. Because sheep are bred to grow excessive amounts of wool.
Wild sheep? Their coats are just right for their environment, and they shed them naturally every summer, so they get along just fine without ever being sheared.
Soay ewe” by Tomek Augustyn / CC BY-SA 2.0

10. Because these animals are exploited for their wool, too.
If it says “angora”, “alpaca”, “cashmere” or “mohair”, don’t buy it.
Vicuna” (top left) by Thom Quine / CC BY 2.0

11. Because wool-free fashion is so easy to find! Wool-free jumpers for winter And if you’re into knitting your own items, vegan yarn is readily available too! **** For more evidence of how CRUEL and UNNECESSARY wool is, take a look at PETA US’ exposé from earlier this year. Then, please, show sheep and other wool-bearing animals that you care by shopping cruelty-free and sharing this information with everyone you know! Facebook ShareTwitter Share


  • shubhani chand commented on December 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Stop using wool

    • Ankaret Harmer commented on December 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Thanx for education. Will definitely look for alternatives now for my knitting – acrylic, cotton, vegan yarns. Wool is not that easy to wash and dry anyway. I thought shearing was done far more gently than this.

  • Elizabeth Susan Goldsmith commented on December 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    NO this is awful please stop them!!!!
    Please charge the farms if you know this goes on

  • Antona commented on December 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    This needs to be Stopped makes me sick??? Makes me sick how all animals are treated and to top it all off these thugs are allowed to get away with it????

  • janet walker commented on December 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm


  • Rachel white commented on December 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Please stop

  • Jill Lambert commented on December 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This is disgusting there is no need whatsoever to treat animals in this way.
    They feel pain just the same as we do, they need to be shown some respect and compassion.
    Heartless and needless for animals to suffer in this way. We are supposed to be 1st world countries so called ‘civilised’ I think it is all based on greed; the root of all evils.

    Jill Lambert.

  • Sharon Cottingham commented on December 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    My husband works for Plumpton College and has been in farming all his life – he is now 61. An experienced shearer rarely nicks a sheep and is very quick. If a sheep is nicked then in this country an antiseptic is applied. The report mentioned lambs often not surviving – foxes have a lot to do with this. We would think the sheep featured in this report must have been sheared by novices who were training.

    • Beverley van Gelder commented on January 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      What about the castration. How is that done here?

    • Lucy commented on January 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Castration is normally done with a rubber ring when they are lambs

  • Amar commented on December 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Please refrain from treating animals like this its is horrible for them they are not there for humans to treat like this l

  • Krissy Paxton commented on December 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Disgusting, I will not be buong wool again!!!

    • Carol O commented on April 23, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      British wool is fine – we don’t treat our sheep in a cruel way here. They need to be sheared as otherwise it is dangerous for them when the hot weather comes (and no, they really don’t moult as suggested). UK farmers make nothing from wool so the shearing isn’t done for profit but actually for the welfare of the animal.

      British sheep most definitely aren’t roughly handled during shearing – ever – none of our farmers will allow that.

      Don’t believe everything you read. PETA do a good job on many issues but have got this issue completely wrong with respect to the UK sheep industry (although a lot of other countries probably aren’t as humane).

  • Deborah commented on December 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    We will be judged by the way we treat helpless animals.

  • Kerry morrow commented on December 3, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I think the farming industry is a disgrace. No animal should be treated like this. We all have the right to live a happy life so should they. Leave the animals alone

  • nikita commented on December 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    stop ol dis torcher

  • Tulin Attila commented on December 3, 2014 at 7:02 am

    its soo wrong and cruel don’t wear any wool or anything occasiated with animal skin or fur.poor animals endure so much pain and cruety it shouldn’t be allowed.but keep millions happy who don’t care.should watch the video and pictures on peta site and you all see. Plz STOP

  • Delia Muir commented on December 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Why are people just so cruel…..They reason they get away with it is they don’t talk..Treat a human like that and a different story….After all they are all God’s creatures..

  • angel b commented on December 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    You are a mob of sheep following without really knowing why.
    i have never seen this in Australia. and never would! Really, do believe one thing you see relates to all situations because it does not. grow your own brain. educate yourself before you comment on the big picture. Mistreatment of anything is wrong but do not curse everyone or tar them with the same brush. the farmers i know look after their sheep or the produce is no good! Get a grip you mob of twisted liars.

    • Archangel G commented on December 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Angel B. You have a reasonable point to make, about farmers looking after their investment, but you won’t win any converts by insulting people whose only interest is in the animals’ welfare. You must realise that not all farmers treat their animals with respect; the photographs are real, and reports of deprivation and cruelty on sheep ships are true.

  • mackenzie commented on December 5, 2014 at 2:05 am

    This simply made me cry! This has to Stop now. Shame on our government for blocking ads like these. Please forgive us as some of us know and the rest Won’t listen.

  • rohit commented on December 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Western world may be fully developed but they are the most uncompassionate beings on earth.

    Moreover I believe Jainism is the most compassionate religion and almost all Jainis are monk vegetarians.

    Don’t they think God the father the almighty is also father of these very being in existence. He must be hating all of those who kill, eat and enjoy over the death of these poor animals

  • Lucy commented on December 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    This is disgusting, horrifying and utterly depressing. These animals are beautiful, intelligent and THEY HAVE FEELINGS! But the scum that does this to these poor animals can’t seem to get their thick skulls around the fact that animals are just as important and worthy and special as us humans, if not more so. This is awful, we must stop it.

  • Tina commented on December 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I think that the people who treat these poor animals like that are just cold bloodied murderers his do they treat thier own kids families or pets !!! Why do they think it’s normal behaviour or this goverment the queen eh ???take her to these places and schools go to see how sick they are to treat these poor animals so cruely . They should be stopped and put in a Cage too and treated the same

  • Elisabeth Björklund commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Stoppa detta omedelbart 🙁 Låt människan som utför detta plågeri, få utstå detsamma , som djuren….:-(

  • AVP commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    You are throwing out the baby with the bathwater here! If animals are being inhumanely treated then lets stamp out that treatement. You want to punish the good guys as well as the bad.

  • Tulin Attila commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    It’s cruel and evil and inhumane what these poor animals endure.something should be done to stop this.poor helpless lambs go through and other animals just to keep heartless people happy.its so wrong.animaks cannot explaine their pain or anything were here to help them.who ever doing this hope they get worse.

  • M D Chambers commented on December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Do people who shear sheep have a license to operate ? If not – why not ?
    Of course there should be more attention taken to look after all animals and their care . Times have moved on since the day of the small hill farm , with this industrial consumer (more more more – cheaper cheaper cheaper ) world being so careless . We hold dominion over these “dumb” animals . Any cruelty is wrong .

  • james connor commented on December 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

    please stop these terrible practices when in this day and age These products are no longer needed for anything but fashion.when animal free materials are widely available

  • brett sutton commented on December 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Really don’t you think we should have sum sort of campaign to stop bad shearing practice, instead of ridding ourselfs of one of the best warmest breathable materials we have which as far as i can see is very sustainable doesn’t harm environment as long as it’s practiced properly. Cotton for example needs tons of fertaliser is labour intensive and takes up land that could be used for better things such as food prod. and hemp for building, material and food etc. I think stopping buying wool is a bit like saying food production is full of bad practices harms enviro. destroys land used for other animals, animals are miss treated etc. so stop eating. Education and reduction in (instead of increase in) profits for bad practice is a good start, after all these are the reasons it goes on

  • Iolanda Corcione commented on December 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Sono vere e proprie barbarie il modo in cui vengono tosate le pecore, più che tosate vengono soprattutto massacrate, ferite, malmenate,possibile che siono questi i metodi?

  • Jenny cox commented on December 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    SHeep are the most wonderful Creatures they wouldn’t hurt a fly it’s so so wicked the way they are treated they spend there days eating grass in feilds all they have ever known then so callers humans take them on long journeys to die they must be terrified It breaks my heart how they & other animals are treated .I will never understand how the majority of people eat them without a 2nd thought money the root of all evil ! I wish all the cruel people would start respecting beautiful creatures & never treat them badly be compassionate right up until the time they are slaughtered jenny cox

  • Carla Marques, Portugal commented on January 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Com tantos recursos tecnológicos que temos ao nosso dispor, este tipo de crueldade não deveria existir e deverá ser banida JÁ!

  • Lucy commented on January 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

    My dad shears sheep and I know probably close to a hundred shearers and they don’t treat sheep like this. Instead of going off one small video and following the crowd, look around at freshly sheared sheep in the fields if this happened all the time you would see them covered in nicks and cuts and blood. And to be honest who wants to buy wool covered in blood and skin?

  • Paul commented on January 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Yes, why don’t you all continue to gather mountains of garments made from cheap polymers that are slowly destroying the world. Even better you can continue to wear those lovely cotton jeans and t-shirts which require vast amounts of water and pesticides to produce, what’s more, the process poisons the Uzbekistani victims of forced labour that farm all the fibre for you. Needless to say, don’t they have rights too?

    Make sure you fully inform yourselves before deciding not to buy wool and becoming victims of poorly formed and quite frankly misleading articles like this one. There are plenty of suppliers of ethically produced wool, this fibre has been used for millennia and the reason some immoral processes have been adopted by manufacturers and farmers is because of the mass consumerist attitude of fast fashion that you’ve all come to love. Yes, I point my finger at you all.

    Ethically produced wool is nature’s finest textile fibre. The bamboo you bang on about causes forests of valuable trees to be cut down, vegan options are nonsense. The real issue here is that the consumer doesn’t understand or care about where his product’s come from. Buy from the correct places and these type practices won’t happen and won’t be allowed to happen. You want it cheap and you want it now, it’s cause and effect, not rocket science.

  • Jay Kendall commented on January 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What a load of tosh! British wool farmers do not mutilate their sheep! Foreign countries may need to look at their farming practices and stop ‘farming’ angora rabbits and cashmere goats but I will never use acrylic yarn to knit with, nor will I stop buying wool & alpaca from British farmers to process myself. I meet these people and have never met anyone who would support these hideous accusations.
    I am all for supporting animal welfare but lets think about dog ‘farming’ and protect some of the wild animals that are being killed for ‘medicine’. Who will kill the last tiger and what will China do then?

  • ayub commented on January 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    this is cruel its got to stop

  • Sharan laird commented on March 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I have followed the peta campaign for some time now and have now decided to join the crusade. I don’t wear leather, because I don’t eat meat, but I was ignorant to the sickening violence against sheep. I don’t believe too many people know about where their wool comes from, and if they did, they would feel the same way I do, shocked, sad, and deeply disturbed

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