Why Did We Send Three ‘Bruised and Bloodied’ Models to the Opening of British Wool Week?

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Our protest in central London today highlighted the wool industry’s dark side.

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Three PETA supporters turned up to the opening of Wool Week, made up to look bruised, beaten, and bloody – resembling many sheep after they’ve been kicked, punched, and cut by shearers.

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One of them also held a replica of a dead lamb to represent the animals who don’t survive this violent, traumatic process or who are slaughtered after a few years of wool production.

Multiple exposés of shearing sheds around the world have revealed that sheep are left with bloody wounds and broken limbs after being roughly handled by unskilled farm labourers who are paid to work as quickly as possible. And on some farms in South America – including those linked to UK companies or which claim to sell “responsibly sourced” wool – fully conscious sheep’s throats were slit and they were even skinned while they were still alive.

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Closer to home, sheep in Britain also suffer. Huge numbers of lambs and ewes die from hypothermia or malnutrition each year out on exposed hilltops. Lambs’ tails are routinely cut off, and males are often castrated without painkillers by having tight rubber rings put over their scrotums so that their genitals slowly wither from lack of blood.

Just like the fur, angora, and other global industries that trade in animals’ fur and skins, the wool industry treats gentle, sensitive sheep as disposable commodities – raising them as cheaply as possible, then sending them to be slaughtered as soon as they’re no longer profitable.

We don’t need to wear wool. There are now many cosy vegan fabrics available to keep us warm through the winter that don’t involve harming any animals.

When you’re out shopping for your winter wardrobe, please check the label and choose clothes that don’t contain wool.

Comments

  • Barb Rosa commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    against ‘all’ abuse & cruelty, show respect, use ‘faux’ fur ‘not ‘fur from ‘our’ animals

  • Kareina chatterton commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    The world farming regulators need to earn there wage and do regular unplanned checks.to help the poor defenceless animals and the farmers income.what they do is cruel and unnecessary.

  • Barbara Lewis commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Why are people so cruel to these poor defencless animals!!!??

    Please stop it and be kind to the poor harmless animals

    Thank you

  • Elizabeth eccles commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Definitely will not buy or wear anything with wool thank you for highlighting this awful trade .

  • Sonam Yangzom commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This Cruelty as well as all sorts of Animal Abuses n Cruelties must be stopped as soon as possible.
    Cuz this world is not only for the Cruel Devilish people, here people like us who are completely harmless and compassionate to all the Living Beings also live.
    Where those Sadistic Psychopathic Monsters enjoy Abusing, Torturing and Killing the poor helpless, speechless, defenseless, innocent Animals, we Kind and Compassionate humans cry, emotionally die and suffer terribly for the suffering of the Animals.
    If this world is not a Devil’s land and if the Rulers or Leaders of the this world are not Satans then all sort of Animal Cruelty must be banned or stopped for ever n ever.

  • April ratcliff commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    These jokes of humans are HORRIFIC! This is awful abuse and must be stopped!

  • Zerin Sadia commented on October 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Please stop this cruelty on these innocent ceatures

  • Shirley commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Shame on us how we treat our wonderful animals

  • Vicky Peacock commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    For the people who do this barbaric crime to these gentle animals who don’t understand why they are being tortured kicked, stamped on, they are living breathing just like us and this sort of treatment does not belong this day and age, this should be treated as a crime and it’s about time these so called workers were brought to justice

  • Lucy deslandes commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    grrrrrrrrr

  • Elizabeth dreyer commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    My heart bleeds for all these animals that are abused.
    Please stop the suffering and have mercy..
    You will answer to God.

  • Saamasghar commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    We do not need to use animal skins, fur,other parts
    We have so much technology
    We can make anything
    So please let’s leave the poor animals alone!

  • Maria abel commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    This is cruel disgusting horrifying. I’m sickened by it. These poor creatures that hurt no one. Injured beaten exploited. I could go on forever….it must be stopped. We don’t need to wear wool, leather or anything else from animals. We don’t need to eat them. Why can’t people learn love and compassion towards them. I want to save each and every one of them and punish all who hurt them!

  • Patricia O'Beirne commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    We consistently abuse and disregard the many gifts of nature
    We fail to treat fellow creatures with dignity and care
    We fail and fail and lose our humanity in a profound way
    Shame on us

  • Margareta Samuelsson commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I can come over and kick and mutilate those workers!! How cruel can people get!!

  • Lynne Hardeman commented on October 10, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Thank God that PETA are here to highlight the plight of many animals across the Globe being barbarically treated in the name of clothing. They are their voice and we need to help and support them for all they do each and every day.

  • Richie McBride commented on October 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Take a big lie to a big number of fools, why don’t you?
    I shear, I attend shearing competitions,I see shearing every year, my neighbours shear. We are the majority, we care, these sheep matter to us.
    Wool is natural, efficient, sustainable, and a by product of sheep husbandry.
    We don’t shear lambs, most wool in the UK goes for mixing with other fibres.
    You are promoting lies to fools.
    What you are doing to Uk wool will affect none of the culprits who are your target.
    Shame on you for abusing the simple minded.

  • Sandra commented on October 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Terrible,would they like it done to them.No need for it.

  • Lotta Flyckt commented on October 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Absolutly awful and not possible to understand – sheepfarmers argue about the existence of predators, when they themself are worse than any monster thinkable.

  • Patti Mckinley commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Wearing wool is cruel folks. Don’t Do it for the sake of these beautiful animals!

  • Márcia De Vecchi commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Wool hurts! The animals’skin and “hair” BELONG TO THEM! Their LIVES AND BODIES BELONG TO THEM – NOT to the “human” CRUEL beings!!!
    STOP THE ANIMALS EXPLORATION!!!
    ENOUGH!

  • Gilly Madle commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!!

  • Michelle Elliott commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    This is not acceptable these days !! And must be monitored or stopped !!

  • Gilly Madle commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    DISGUSTING !!!!

  • Nicola Cain commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Why can’t the workers just take a few seconds to care about another animal of our planet! Mans inhumanity to other creatures continues unabated!

  • Elaine Grant commented on October 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Disgusting and cruel I have stopped buying wool products since reading about this there are plenty of excellent alternatives, it sickens me the way these gentle animals are abused people need to be aware of this dark trade

  • catherine woolgar commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Once again we treat animals so badly!

  • Marie commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Great message, I wholeheartedly agree, but it’s one that can also be made by women wearing clothes.

  • M wragg commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Popping over to kick , stamp and mutilate the humans that do this to animals. Fair is fair eh fair dinkum

  • kris delloiacono commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    TOTALLY SICKENED

  • May commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Disgusting.. This needs to stop.. No need to hurt animals.. We should sheer the owners and see how they like it

  • Teresa Williams commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    CRUELTY TO ALL ANIMALS MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY

  • Virginie commented on October 10, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Stop à la barbarie envers les animaux non humains merci

  • Aneta Prucklová commented on October 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Stop this treatment plz.

  • Louise Green commented on October 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I didn’t know the true extent of horror that these poor sheep Were exposed to, all because people want to wear wool. I don’t personally wear many items made from wool but now I have seen this article then I definitely will not be wearing wool again.

  • F. Walker commented on October 10, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Also remember that synthetic fleece garments, when washed, release microfibres that pass through the sewage system, enter watercourses and then enter the food chain, in the same way as plastic micro particles.

  • Valerie Blankhart commented on October 10, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    BARBARIC
    The way the Sheep are tortured and mistreated by Monsters is pure evil.
    This MUST stop. Animals are innocent creatures who suffer pain just like Humans. They should be treated with love and respect instead, they are kicked and beaten to death for their wool!

  • [email protected] commented on October 10, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Disgusting treatment of these poor animals. The people concerned should be prosecuted. The business should be shut-down if they cannot treat the animals with respect.

  • chris blues commented on October 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Dont wear wool never have done. Wool is to keep sheep warm !!!!

  • TINA Ferguson commented on October 11, 2016 at 12:21 am

    BARBARIC AND UNNESSARY EVIL !!!

  • Arjita Roy commented on October 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Please stop animal cruality..!

  • Agnes Newman commented on October 11, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Shocked

  • JIM TAYLOR commented on October 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    This is disgraceful and why is our animal welfare groups not making publicity on this horrible case; RSPCA etc.

  • JIM TAYLOR commented on October 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    There just has to be a much better method of sheering sheep than this . My uncles did this and I never once saw such terrible treatment as is shown here. Those involved are either sadistic or have no training whatsoever; this action is cruel and disgraceful.

  • [email protected] commented on October 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Please please love these animals so are so loving and innocent please they are the most innocent on our planet please stop hurting them
    Please

  • Michelle porritr commented on October 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Stop this cruelty ww dont need wool off any animals its out of order and should be illegal!!!!

  • Shirley Petrie commented on October 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Wicked bastards

  • Shirley Petrie commented on October 11, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    We don’t need wool, fur or leather

  • Vegan Revolution commented on October 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I like hemp as a material. It is silky yet rugged.

  • Linda Badham commented on October 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    God I despair of the evil to animals in this world ! How dare the cold hearted bastards treat animals so cruelly , I just pray they all get the karma they are reaping for themselves .

  • Linda Badham commented on October 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    God help your beautiful animals , I don’t understand the human race anymore !

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