Here’s some good news for lambs: Women’s clothing retailer Talbots has pledged to phase out the use of merino wool from farmers who perform the mulesing mutilation (that is, they hack chunks of flesh from lambs’ backsides with instruments resembling gardening shears, or they use clamps to squeeze the animals’ skin so tightly that the flesh rots off). Talbots has committed to increasing the amount of wool from non-mulesed lambs every year until it completely eliminates wool from mulesed lambs in its products!
With an ever-growing list of retailers—including Gap Inc., H&M, Liz Claiborne, Perry Ellis, Hugo Boss, and Next—taking a stand against mulesing, it looks like the wool industry’s cruelty to lambs is coming back to bite it in the rear. We can take a stand against mulesing, too, by putting cozy, cruelty-free clothes on our holiday wish lists.
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Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post