Top Indian Fashion Designers Boycott Australian Wool

January 2005

Indian fashion designers Hemant Trevedi, Wendell Rodericks, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ashley Rebello, and Anita Dongre have submitted signed statements to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, pledging not to use Australian merino wool until live exports and mulesing mutilations end. Jatin Kochar has also informed PETA India that he is refusing to use leather and wool altogether, out of concern for animals. PETA’s international campaign against the crude live flaying of lambs’ rumps–as a cheap way to prevent maggot infestation–and the cruel export of live sheep aboard open-decked ships through all weather extremes has led to protests on three continents and a fast-growing international boycott of Australian wool.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind