PHOTOS: PETA B*llocks Wool Industry Over Cruelty to Sheep

Halifax, West Yorkshire – Today, PETA supporters wearing “bloodied” and torn “woolly” jumpers and holding “lambs’ testicles” and signs reading, “Humane Wool? That’s B*llocks!” and “Wool Hurts! Wear Vegan”, had customers doing double takes on their way to the Woolshops Shopping Centre. The action coincides with the beginning of spring – peak lambing season – to highlight the abuse male lambs are subjected to in the wool industry, including the severing of their testicles using a rubber ring to cut off the blood supply, one of the most painful castration methods possible. The wool industry is deeply rooted in the history of Halifax, and PETA urges locals to celebrate lambs and sheep by making cruelty-free shopping choices.

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“Workers in the wool industry mutilate terrified lambs – they routinely castrate the males without painkillers – all just for fleeting fashion,” says PETA Vice President of Programmes Elisa Allen. “PETA encourages everyone to stay warm with cosy vegan fabrics and keep anything taken from animals off their shopping list.”

A disturbing PETA Asia eyewitness investigation into the wool industry in the UK revealed workers beating, stamping on, kicking, mutilating, and throwing around sheep. PETA notes that in the UK, 15% of lambs don’t survive infancy – and those who do face the terrifying prospect of being shorn, during which they may be slammed into floors and sustain wounds that are sewn closed with a dirty needle, after which they may be left to die due to lack of veterinary care.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or or follow the group on Facebook, X, TikTok, or Instagram.


Lucy Watson +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]