Australia produces over 50 percent of the world’s merino wool (Peta 2016), which are used for coats, carpet, ugg-boots, and other apparels. There is a large market for sheep’s wool, where sheep are treated as wool-producing subjects. Sheep in the wool industry experience premature death. They suffer in confined pens for months at a time, bred for the sake of wool (AnimalsAustralia 2016). They use their wool to survive, for efficient insulation against both the cold and the heat.
Sheep’s are gentle individuals that are able to feel pain and fear. The shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast work with no regard to the welfare of the sheep. This rushed and thoughtless sense of shearing creates injuries for the sheep. These injuries are then sewn shut with just a needle and thread, without any pain relievers (Peta 2016). Skin, tails and even ears can be cut or ripped off during shearing (Peta 2016). A hot blade is used to cut through the muscle and bone of the lamb’s tail (tail docking), often without any numbing medication (AnimalsAustralia 2016). PETA has investigated more than 30 shearing sheds in Australia and America uncovered horrific abuse (Peta 2016). The sheep were subjected to kicks, stomps, and being hit.
There are many faux wool alternatives that are quite durable, stylish, as well as able to keep you warm during the winter seasons. Please help sheep around the world by not choosing to purchase wool, to help stop the gory and cruel industry.
Animalsaustralia.org 2016, Tell the wool industry: surgery hurts!, Accessed 2nd October 2016, <http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/surgery-hurts>
PETA 2016, What’s wrong with wearing wool?, Accessed 2nd October 2016, <http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-wearing-wool/>