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World’s Largest Australian Wool Buyer Pushes for an End to Mulesing Mutilation

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World's Largest Australian Wool Buyer Pushes for an End to Mulesing Mutilation by Guest BloggerThis post, written by Jeff Mackey, originally appeared on The PETA Files.

The pressure is on for the Australian wool industry! Jiangsu Sunshine Group, a $1.8 billion Chinese textile company, is the world’s largest buyer of Australian wool-and it’s calling on the Aussie wool industry put an end to mulesing.

The mulesing mutilation is the practice of slicing chunks of flesh from around sheep’s tails-without any pain relief-to prevent “flystrike” (i.e., to prevent sheep from being eaten alive by maggots in the folds of flesh on their rump). Flystrike is awful, of course, but there are plenty of humane alternatives to mutilation for flystrike prevention that are in use by many wool farmers. In fact, New Zealand has done away with mulesing altogether!

Sunshine’s action will hopefully force folks like Australian Wool Innovation Chair Wal Merriman to abandon this cruel practice once and for all. In a recent article, Merriman thumbed his nose at retailers and consumers by admitting that he will continue to mules his sheep, despite the fact that a growing list of retailers, including H&M, Perry Ellis, Adidas, and many others, want only nonmulesed wool.

Sunshine said in its letter to the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations: “In the last three years, increasing requests have been made from our major international customers to provide product as made from non-mulesed Australian wool due to the strong pressure of the animal liberation movement.”

In other words, keep those cards and letters coming!

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    Ann says...

    July 17th, 2009, 3:47 pm

    I have heard of alot. But this one takes the cake. This is disturbing to hear.
    I would like to know which Einstein came up with this horrific idea, maybe something they are drinkin in the wata eh mate. Someone has to put an end to all animal abuse in Australia, I would sign a thousand petitions for this cause. More media coverage has to be underway. I am vegetarian. Hoping other people will join me in being a veg head.

    Rod Paris says...

    July 17th, 2009, 3:48 pm

    Collective action works! Keep the pressure on other inhuman operators. Thank you and congrats.
    R. Paris

    Ann says...

    July 17th, 2009, 3:50 pm

    I believe if people are taking care of these animals, then there would be no maggots to worry bout. I am sure some of the sheep are hurt on their back end someone. If they can not properly care for the animals, get the hell out of dodge and dont look back. There should be undercover footage of how people are caring for these animals. More guidelines.

    Paulina says...

    July 17th, 2009, 3:59 pm

    I believe that if other alternatives exist there are no reasons why Australian wool industry should refuse to change to nonmulesed wool. Let’s hope they stop the practice once and for all, for the sake of this innocent animals who deserve no pain and all the love.

    CJN says...

    July 17th, 2009, 5:11 pm

    Yippee! Great to hear mine and others’ boycotts and comments about mulesing to sellers of wool products are getting across. There’s no way I would give money for such a product and practice. Thanks for keeping us informed, PETA.

    JoAnne Perdue says...

    July 17th, 2009, 9:07 pm

    These animals are providing you with a livelihood and this is how you repay them by mutilation ???

    Georgi Mortensen says...

    July 17th, 2009, 11:31 pm

    I cannot believe this cruelty still exists with all the attention that has been brought to bear on this practice. These poor animals suffer horribly from the pain. Why do wool growers think this ok to cause this pain for profit?

    Danielle Stockdale says...

    July 18th, 2009, 1:34 pm

    muesling is a barbaric, inhumane and useless practice that should be illegal . It IS animal torture…
    And if Mr. Merriman (and others)continue this practice despite growing demand from all over the word to stop it, he certainly deserves to lose his business (even if he is insensitive to the pain he inflicts on the animals he makes a living off, thumbing your nose at your customers is not the smartest thing to do as a businessman!). As far as I am concerned, the man should be in jail for torturing helpless animals
    I for one (and I know many others) will not buy ANY wool until I know that practice has been banned worldwide (since youi never know the provenance of the wool)
    Ideally, there should be a label on wool item made by companies that do not torture their sheeps, to let the consumer know they can buy with a clear conscience…(and stigmatise the Merriman’s of this world) but until that happens, I won’t take chance to help make a butcher rich!

    D.Stockdale
    Vancouver. BC
    Canada

    Ann Moore says...

    July 19th, 2009, 5:07 pm

    D. Stockdale in BC is absolutely right. How can you guarantee the provenance of the wool especially in a global economy? I recently read an article that stated just that. Apparantly some countries allow dog and cat fur to be labed “fur free” as long as the piece is worth less than $25 dollars. So you could be wearing real fur and not even know it? Incredible! I can’t vouch for this information however, as it was a copy of an article that was left at a library computer station. Yet it made me wonder about truth in labeling and the creative ways a business could get around the law. A label tells you where something is assembed, not where each piece of fabric, etc. came from. How do you really know what you’re buying? Muesled wool and animal fur should be labeled TRUTHFULLY so we’re not supporting cruelty of any kind. Thanks PETA!
    A. Moore
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Chris says...

    July 20th, 2009, 10:07 am

    Were suppose to be the smarter species, Some times I wonder. When are people going to get it all animals do feel – their not just mindless things that walk around and don’t feel, think in some form. It really makes me sick how people can treat animals.

    R Pearce says...

    July 24th, 2009, 12:31 pm

    “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated” – Mahatama Gandhi

    Sharon Cohen says...

    July 24th, 2009, 4:56 pm

    The horrific & never ending abuse & torture that so very many of the animals in this world have to endure is just so heartbreaking. It truly does make me sick. A label that does tell you where the fabric came from. People have a right to know if what their buying causes animals to suffer.

    Louise Williamson says...

    August 26th, 2010, 5:45 am

    Before you label the procedure of mulesing “barbaric” and “unnecessary” please witness the event with your own eyes and get to know the true facts.
    The alternatives of clips is not as ‘painless’ as you would like to believe. In truth this is the only current method that could potentially replace the surgical removal of skin. Breeding for unwrinkled sheep is a potential BUT this will take generations and is not a quick fix to this debate.
    Clips cause pain. Lambs receiving this treatment are hesitant to walk and most lie there for a considerable amount of time before staggering around the yard in obvious pain. Mulesed lambs on the other hand walk around as normal, graze and appear unconcerned by the so called “barbaric” practice. The application of tri-solfen anaesthetic (which should be mandatory) greatly reduces any pain and the risk of infection to the wound. Tri-solfen also contains the drug bupivacaine which is a long acting analgesic.
    I am a veterinary student who has been exposed to the TRUE reality of animal production my whole life. Some things do need improving but we have to work with the producers to achieve a better outcome.

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