Caught Again: Fifth Video Exposé in 16 Months Reveals Sheep Abused for Wool

After Cruelty Documented in South America and the U.S., New Video Reveals Gruesome Mutilation of Sheep in Australia

For Immediate Release:
November 24, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A new PETA video exposé reveals that workers on a massive sheep farm in Australia cut flesh off sheep’s backsides with shears and throw and kick the animals—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the past 16 months, PETA has released five exposés recorded at 37 facilities on three continents, revealing that sheep are mutilated, abused, and skinned alive—even for “responsibly sourced” wool on so-called “sustainable” farms.

“Over and over, eyewitnesses have found that gentle sheep are punched in the face, slammed into the floor, and barbarically killed for wool sweaters and scarves,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on kind people everywhere to make this a wool-free winter and wear vegan.”

Shearers are often paid by volume, not the hour, which encourages fast, violent work that can lead to gaping wounds on sheep’s bodies, which workers stitch closed—without giving the animals any painkillers.

In the wake of this latest exposé, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—will lead #WoolFreeWinter demonstrations in Los Angeles, New York City, and other cities across the country on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. “Bloody, sheared sheep” will drive home to shoppers the point that wool belongs on its original owner.

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