Morrissey Urges Uniqlo to Dump Cruelly Produced Australian Wool

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As music legend Morrissey nears the end of his Japanese tour, the former Smiths frontman is joining the international outcry against the Australian wool industry’s abuse of sheep by firing off a letter on behalf of PETA Asia to the president of Tokyo-based international clothing retailer Uniqlo to ask that the company follow the lead of Muji and other compassionate companies and stop using wool from Australian farmers who mutilate sheep in a practice called “mulesing“, in which large chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs’ backsides in a crude and cruel – and often ineffective – attempt to prevent maggot infestation.

“Years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Meat Is Murder’, and today I’m tempted to write a follow-up called ‘Mulesing Is Misery'”, writes Morrissey. “Australia [is] the only country in the world that still clings to this cruel and barbaric abomination. Won’t you please join the many international companies that have implemented a ban on wool from mulesed lambs?”

As Morrissey explains in the letter, mulesing often results in the maggot infestation that it aims to prevent, as the gaping, bloody wounds often become infested with maggots before they have time to heal. Humane methods of prevention are widely available and already in use by some sheep farmers.

In addition to Muji, the many international companies that have moved away from wool from mulesed sheep include H&M, HUGO BOSS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, Giordano, Gap Inc., Talbots and Korean retail giant Kukdong Corporation. And China’s Sunshine Group, which is Australia’s largest wool buyer, has demanded that Australian wool farmers put an end to the practice.

Join Morrissey in speaking up for sheep: take action and urge Uniqlo to stop buying wool from mutilated lambs.


  • Anna Avramenko commented on May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I am against the mockery of the sheep!

  • Paula Tempest commented on May 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    This practice is barbaric! Please stop using wool from Australian sheep.

  • Brien Comerford commented on May 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    The pope of mope, namely, MOZ, is very cool. The misteatment of lambs for wool is abhorrent !

  • Jacqueline Etchells commented on December 5, 2013 at 3:01 am

    What do we know about the New Zealand wool industry? I recently contacted Blundstone about the sheep fur inserts in their new Winter line of boots. I asked where the wool came from and if they employ ethical and cruelty-free practices in acquiring this fur. They said they purchase their wool from New Zealand and that “the New Zealand wool industry is a highly developed and established producer selling their products globally”. I don’t feel this is a particularly helpful response. I would like to know which farm or farms their sheep wool is sourced from so I can do research. After watching some horrible videos on how the Angora rabbits have been treated in Asia and the pictures of the poor sheep/lambs in the UK, I am hesitant to purchase any wool product unless I can be assured these animals are being treated with dignity and respect. If PETA has ANY information on New Zealand and Blundstone I would like very much to hear about it. Thanks.

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