Carolers to Sing for Sheep’s Rights and a Wool-Free Winter at Holiday Market

Sporting Ugly Christmas Sweaters With 3D Sheep Emerging From Them, PETA's 'Choir' Will Spoof Holiday Carols

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2019

Contact:
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Chicago – On Thursday, a “choir” of PETA protesters—some wearing sweaters featuring a stuffed sheep protruding from the front and back—will descend on the Christkindlmarket Chicago to urge shoppers to purchase and wear animal-friendly garments and never to buy wool. They’ll treat the crowd to a concert of classic Christmas carols with a twist—including “Violent Night” (“Silent Night”) and “Let Wool Go” (“Let It Snow”)—that explain how shearing isn’t just a haircut but a horrid experience for lambs and sheep.

When:    Thursday, December 19, 12 noon

Where:    Christkindlmarket Chicago, 50 W. Washington St. (at the intersection with N. Dearborn Street), Chicago

The action follows two recent PETA video exposés of sheep farms in Australia—the world’s top exporter of wool—which show that workers beat petrified sheep in the face, deliberately mutilate them, and cut fully conscious animals’ throats. The videos are PETA’s 10th and 11th exposés of the global wool industry in just the last five years. Shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages rushed, violent work that leads to gaping wounds on sheep’s bodies. The wounds are then stitched closed—without giving the animals any painkillers.

“During this season of goodwill, PETA is asking shoppers to realize that gentle sheep are beaten until they’re bloody for the sake of wool sweaters and scarves,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA will serenade holiday shoppers with an animal-friendly appeal to leave wool on its original owner.”

Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s exposés is available upon request. PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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