PETA Releases Shocking New Footage From Inside Victorian Shearing Shed

PETA Releases Shocking New Footage From Inside Victorian Shearing Shed

Eyewitness Video: Bleeding Ewe’s Gaping Wound Stitched Without Pain Relief

Birregurra, Australia – A new and gruesome video filmed inside an Australian shearing shed has come to light, as People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)PETA shares eyewitness footage documenting the mistreatment of a ewe earlier this year. The video shows the sheep – bleeding badly from an injury inflicted during shearing – being held between the knees of a shearer, who is crudely stitching up her gaping wound without administering any pain relief. The shearer then mops up the animal’s blood with her own fleece.

“It’s not the first time that routine cruelty to sheep has been documented within the wool industry, and it won’t be the last,” says PETA Vice President Mimi Bekhechi. “If you want to know the truth behind this abusive trade, visit – and when shopping, leave wool jumpers, hats, and gloves on the shelf.”

Video footage gathered during investigations into more than 100 wool industry operations around the world has revealed systemic cruelty to sheep over the years. Eyewitnesses have documented shearers punching and throwing sheep, beating them with clippers, and standing on their necks. In one Victorian shearing shed, a shearer cut the vaginal prolapse of a female sheep, who was likely in labour, before using her own wool to wipe her blood up off the floor.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that wool has been not only humane-washed but also green-washed, despite the fact that the Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibres ranks wool as a “Class E” fibre, the worst category possible, based on the greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, eco-toxicity, and energy, water, and land use involved in its production.

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