Photos From Wool Trade Investigations

Posted by on July 1, 2014 | Permalink

PETA US’ undercover exposé of the wool industry in Australia and the USA has revealed shocking and systematic abuse of sheep. These photos illustrate some of the findings. For more information, and to watch the videos from the investigations, visit

Slaughtered Sheep

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Unprofitable Australian sheep are often shipped to the Middle East to be slaughtered or are killed on farms. This animal’s butchered remains were left in full view of other sheep.

Sheep Whose Neck Was Broken

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A shearer repeatedly twisted and bent this sheep’s neck, breaking it. The shearer kicked the sheep headfirst down a chute. PETA US’ investigator found her dead.

Ram Left to Die Overnight in Trailer

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Workers hauled this ram into a trailer to be sheared and left him like this overnight. He was found dead in the morning, and a shearer cut the wool off his remains.

Sheep Who Died During Shearing

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This sheep died while her wool was being clipped off. A shearing crew boss said of sheep dying during shearing, “It happens … every year”.

Severely Crowded Ewes

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Sheep are deprived of food and water, sometimes overnight, in part so that they’ll put up less resistance when shearers are handling them.

Severely Crowded Sheep

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Sheep are kept in severely crowded pens.

Crudely Stitched Shearing Wound on Abdomen

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Workers didn’t give sheep any painkillers before pushing needles through their flesh to try to close gaping, bloody wounds caused by shearing.

Pieces of Sheep’s Skin

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Shearers cut off large swaths of sheep’s skin, like these, along with their wool and often wound the animals. The investigators never saw any cut sheep receive veterinary care.

Skin Attached to Wool

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Chunks of sheep’s skin – up to 4 inches long – were found so often that one farm had a box marked “Skin,” into which wool handlers tossed pieces of flesh.

Blood-Stained Wool

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PETA US’ investigator often found blood-soaked pieces of wool after shearers, who work quickly and roughly, severely cut sheep’s bodies – even cutting at least one sheep’s penis.

Rotted Lamb Testicles

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Farmers put rings around lambs’ scrotums without anaesthetics to castrate them. Wool handlers sometimes find testicles and scrotums that shearers have cut off on the floor.

Lamb Scrotum

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Another “ball bag” – the testicles and scrotum cut off by a shearer along with the wool – was found on the floor.

Sheep Pushed Down Ramp

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Shorn sheep are often thrown and kicked down chutes. This animal lay in danger of being trampled by the next sheep shoved out of the shearing area until the investigator helped her stand.

Lame Sheep After Shearing

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This sheep, who could not stand, was sheared and then dragged across the ground and outside a shed. She was left to lie like this, without water. Take Action Now