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Morrissey Urges Uniqlo to Dump Cruelly Produced Australian Wool

For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2012

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Ben Williamson +44 (0)7525 411 733; BenW@peta.org.uk

London - 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 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (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.