VIDEO: Fashion Influencers Meet Rescued Lambs
Fashion aficionados and social media influencers Georgia Meacham, Sruti Sethuraman, Marta Canga, and Livia van Heerde paid a visit to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary to meet lambs and sheep rescued from the wool industry – here’s what happened:
It’s clear from the video that sheep share our capacity for love, joy, and friendship and have just as much interest in freedom and staying alive as we do.
Thankfully, the animals at Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary will live out the rest of their lives in a safe place, free from the misery of the wool and meat industries. But not all sheep are as fortunate as they are.
Sheep Suffer for Wool
In England, workers kicked, punched, and stamped on sheep’s heads, jabbing them in the face with sharp metal clippers and leaving huge gashes on their bodies that were crudely sewn up with a needle and thread – and no painkillers whatsoever.
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An eyewitness saw shearers on one English farm throwing the defenceless and fearful animals around, twisting their necks and limbs, and slamming their heads and bodies into the floor.
At another facility, the eyewitness documented that several sheep died during shearing from what a farmer called a “heart attack”.
The production of all wool – no matter where it originates or what “ethical” or “responsibly sourced” claims are made on its label – spells extreme suffering and a terrifying death for millions of sheep and lambs.
Bad for the Planet
The wool industry also wreaks havoc on the environment: manure generated by farmed animals has significantly contributed to the increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases, large-scale grazing has led to vegetation change and soil erosion, and waterways have been polluted by faecal matter and the toxic chemicals used to rid sheep of parasites.
The groundbreaking “Pulse of the Fashion Industry” report ranked the production of sheep’s wool as more polluting than that of acrylic, polyester, spandex, or rayon fibres.
What You Can Do
There are numerous animal- and Earth-friendly vegan alternatives to wool available today – so there’s no reason for any of us to continue funding the abhorrent wool industry.
Ditch wool in favour of compassionate wool-free brands, and urge Forever 21 to keep its promise to ban wool: