Sheep Kicked, Beaten and Skinned Alive at Bradford-Based ‘Standard Wool’ Supplier

For Immediate Release:

7 June 2016


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 2078376327, ext 235; [email protected]


PETA Releases Footage From Sheep Farms in Chile, Where 60 Per Cent of All Wool Exports Go to UK Company

London – A new PETA video exposé shows that workers hacked off lambs’ tails, left sheep bleeding after fast and rough shearing, drop-kicked them, slaughtered them by driving knives into their necks and even skinned one alive – all on two Chilean wool farms that supply Bradford-based Standard Wool Ltd, a group of companies worth millions of pounds that purchases 60 per cent of the entire wool output of Chile and also supplies other brands with wool. However, after being privately alerted to the situation by PETA US, one clothing brand, Brooks Brothers, has made the decision not to obtain wool from a supplier associated with these farms.

“When suppliers to one of the world’s leading wool-trading businesses are caught mutilating, beating and bleeding out sheep, it’s clear that cruelty is the norm in this despicable industry”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on shoppers to take a stand for sheep around the world by refusing to wear any wool.”

PETA’s exposé reveals that one sheep’s legs moved for more than four minutes after her throat was cut, and another was skinned alive. No attempts were made to stitch up gaping wounds left after shearing. Lambs who had been separated from their mothers called out and attempted to jump through fencing to get back to them. Workers cut and punched holes into lambs’ ears and severed their tails with a dull knife, all without pain relief. Workers also kicked and shoved sheep and struck them with a rake in order to force them to move.

In less than two years, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – has released six exposés recorded at 39 facilities on three continents – revealing that sheep are mutilated, abused and skinned alive for wool, including so-called “sustainable” and “luxury” wool.

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