PETA Calls For Princess Diana’s Iconic Sheep Jumper to Be Donated to Anti-Wool Campaign

Posted by on August 31, 2023 | Permalink

The “black sheep” wool jumper once owned by animal-lover the late Diana Spencer is to go on auction at Sotheby’s.

In recognition of the princess’ philanthropy and compassionate nature, PETA has rushed a letter to the auction house. The request calls for Diana’s iconic garment to instead be donated in support of PETA’s campaign to protect sheep.

Diana cared greatly for all animals and was known for her opposition to hunting and refusal to wear fur. Giving this woollen item to a charity to use for educational purposes would be a fitting tribute.

PETA’s Campaign to Protect Sheep

As revealed in 15 exposés, PETA entities have documented cruelty to sheep at wool operations worldwide.

Even on deceptively named “sustainable” and glaringly irresponsible “responsible” farms, sheep are subjected to horrific abuse. Workers have been seen beating, stamping on, cutting open, and slitting the throats of visibly terrified sheep, who struggle as they are shorn. Wool workers in the UK are no exception – in 2020, for example, a Scottish farmer pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty to animals.

Sheep only need shearing because the wool industry breeds them to grow an unnaturally heavy coat. Native breeds are able to regulate their body temperature without human interference and will naturally shed their hair when the weather gets warmer.

PETA is urging the public to drop wool, along with fur, leather, and all other animal-derived materials, and wear only vegan-friendly clothing.

The Wool Industry Is Green-Washed

Wool also has an alarming impact on the planet due to the large volume of methane sheep produce and the huge amounts of resources the industry uses.

The Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibres has ranked wool as a “Class E” fibre – the worst category possible. Natural eco- and animal-friendly vegan wool made from organic cotton, linen, Tencel, hemp, and soya has a much lower environmental footprint.

How You Can Help Protect Sheep

In addition to urging members of the public to steer clear of wool, PETA is also urging companies to ditch the material in favour of vegan fibres. You can join our campaign by sending messages to Urban Outfitters, Patagonia, and Allbirds now: