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Following the release of a new PETA US investigation into Australia’s wool industry, it’s clear that wool garments are likely the product of appalling animal suffering.

The investigators visited 19 wool sheds in Australia and documented that shearers punched struggling sheep, poked them in the eyes and routinely jabbed them in the face with sharp clippers – attacks which left many animals bleeding. Workers stamped on sheep and stood on their heads and necks. They dragged sheep by their legs and slammed them against the hard floors of the shearing sheds.

Because most shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, they have an incentive to work as quickly as they can. As a result, most sheep are cut – some severely – as they are being shorn. PETA US investigators saw workers use needles and thread to sew shut the most gaping wounds, without providing the sheep with any pain relief whatsoever.

Kind people would agree that electrocuting a fox for fur is wrong. The pain and fear endured by sheep in the wool industry is as real and acute. When you’re shopping for clothing, please read the labels. If a label says ‘wool’, leave that garment on the shelf.

Jason Baker, campaigns director, PETA Australia, Sydney

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  1. Gudmundsson’s film reexamines evidence produced in 1986 by award-winning Danish journalist Leif Blaedel, which shows that one propaganda film used by Greenpeace was faked by using paid animal torturers. Blaedel cites gruesome scenes in the film Goodbye Joey, which Dirranbandi, Australia, court records had confirmed were faked by its producers. These scenes, he reports, were staged by paid kangaroo shooters who were later fined for torturing kangaroos for the film. Court documents confirm that the film’s fraudulence was a matter of public record in 1983, three years before the last known time Greenpeace Denmark sent it out on request – to Blaedel himself. Greenpeace media director Peter Dykstra says Greenpeace stopped distributing the film in 1983, when it discovered the film’s “integrity problems.”

    Any body remember the film “Goodbye Joey”? PETA are much more militant then Greenpeace ever were and their motivations MUST be questioned by any sensible person


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