Sexy ‘Little Bo Peep’ Protests Cruelty To Sheep At Australian Consul

PETA Appeals to Shoppers to Boycott Australian Wool Until Lamb Mutilation and Live Sheep Exports End

For Immediate Release:
9 February 2005

Yvonne Taylor 020 7357 9229, ext. 405
Sean Gifford 020 7357 9229, ext. 226

Edinburgh – Waving a sign that reads, “Australia: Stop Mutilating My Lambs”, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Sexy Little Bo Peep – played by Edinburgh native Yvonne Taylor decked out in high heels, a miniskirt and crook – will lead a protest outside the Australian Consul on Thursday as part of an international campaign against the Australian wool industry. Protesters will hand out leaflets encouraging consumers to boycott Australian wool until a gruesome procedure called “mulesing” (live flaying) and live sheep exports are banned:

Date:   Thursday, 10 February
Time:   2-3 p.m.
Place:  Australian Honorary Consul, Melrose House, 69 George Street

“Mulesing” is a painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to cut flesh from lambs’ backsides – without painkillers – in a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist. When their wool is no longer needed, millions of sheep are shipped to the Middle East through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste aboard open-deck ships. Many sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines. When they reach the Middle East, the survivors’ throats are slit while they are fully conscious.

After a year of failed negotiations with the Australian government to eliminate these atrocities, PETA US declared an international boycott of Australian wool last October and has already won the positive response of prestigious retailers George and New Look in the UK, and Abercrombie & Fitch in the US.

“Australia’s war on sheep is a national disgrace”, says Campaign Coordinator Yvonne Taylor. “Britons can help stop the abuse by sending a clear message that they won’t buy articles made from Australian wool until the mutilation of lambs and the live export of sheep are stopped.” 

Broadcast-quality video footage of mulesing and live export will be available on site. For more information, please visit