“I Don’t Know if I Can Watch This”: Bournemouth Native and Love Island Star Abigail Rawlings and Others React to PETA Wool Videos
Bournemouth – In a new video for PETA, former Love Island cast member and Bournemouth native Abigail Rawlings; castmate Kady McDermott; reality star and content creator Shabaz Ali, aka “Shabaz Says”; The Traitors winners Meryl Williams and Aaron Evans; Married at First Sight UK star Jenna Robinson; vegan content creator Nicole Whittle; and Loaded in Paradise star Amelia Bell react with tears and outrage to video footage from PETA exposés of the wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca, and angora industries.
“I don’t know if I can watch this,” says a tearful Rawlings in the video. “The awareness needs to be spread so more people know.”
“I thought they just shaved the sheep,” says Williams, while McDermott also starts crying and Evans covers his face and proclaims, “I hate this so much!”
PETA entities have released dozens of videos revealing that workers hit, kick, and mutilate gentle sheep for their wool; leave vulnerable goats with bloody, gaping wounds at mohair and cashmere operations; tie down and mutilate pregnant, crying animals for alpaca wool; and subject screaming rabbits to violent plucking, during which they are tied up and held down and their soft hair is torn out by the fistful, for angora.
“To have watched people actually stand on them, to shear them until they’re bleeding, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at the wool industry or anything the same ever again,” says Ali. Meanwhile, McDermott has a message for consumers: “Check the label,” and avoid purchasing all animal-derived clothing. Fortunately, many top retailers offer clothing made of natural eco- and animal-friendly vegan fabrics, including organic cotton, linen, Tencel, and hemp.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram.
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