PETA Kicks Uniqlo’s Butt Again Over Cruel Sheep Mulesing

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PETA supporters were once again out in force on London’s Oxford Street this week to protest fashion retailer Uniqlo’s continued use of Australian wool from mulesed sheep.

Australian merino sheep are bred to have wrinkly skin so that they will produce more wool, but the wrinkles collect moisture and attract flies. Flies lay their eggs in the folds of the animals’ skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive, creating a condition known as “flystrike”. In a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, Australian farmers perform the barbaric mulesing mutilation, in which they cut huge chunks of skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides with instruments resembling gardening shears – often without any painkillers.

After mulesing, the lambs walk sideways like crabs because the pain is so intense, and the wounds can take weeks to heal. Ironically, the gaping, bloody wounds created by mulesing can become infected or attract flies and result in flystrike – the very condition that mulesing is supposed to prevent. Humane methods of flystrike control, including closer monitoring of sheep, are already available and in use by some farmers.

The Australian wool industry had promised to end this cruel practice by 2010 but has reneged on its promise. Please do your bit for the sheep and send an e-mail to Uniqlo today urging them to join other compassionate retailers such as H&M, Adidas and HUGO BOSS in speaking out against this cruelty.


  • Brien Comerford commented on June 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Love and respect the rights of sheep and do not eat meat.

  • ANNA MAIETTA commented on December 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    leave animals out you cruel industry all of you who does that, leave animals out to live their life fully just like us. thank you.

  • Valerie Foltz commented on January 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    How about Uniqlo goose down jackets. Are they cruelty free?

    • Ruby commented on January 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Valerie, you can read about the cruelty involved in producing down products here:
      The only way to make sure your clothing is cruelty-free is to avoid animal derived materials! Thanks for your question.

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