For Immediate Release:
December 4, 2023
Sara Groves 202-483-7382
Portland, Maine – A giant inflatable winter wonderland will set the stage for a grim tableau in Monument Square on Tuesday as PETA members step inside it and ruthlessly pummel “bloody,” realistic sheep to give holiday shoppers a glimpse of the cruel reality of the wool industry, where sheep are beaten, mutilated, and killed by aggressive shearers.
When: Tuesday, December 5, 12 noon
Where: Monument Square, Congress Street, Portland
“Christmas is anything but merry for the sheep who, as shown in our undercover videos, are routinely beaten and cut to ribbons for their wool,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges shoppers to opt for super-cozy vegan materials and leave cruelty off their gift lists this holiday season.”
PETA investigations have uncovered cruelty to sheep at over 100 wool operations worldwide—even at “responsible” farms, where shearers have been seen punching, stomping, kicking, and throwing around sheep. Shearers are often paid by volume, incentivizing them to work quickly, and sheep are often left bloodied and in pain as a result. The gaping wounds caused by careless shearers are then crudely stitched up with a needle and thread—without painkillers. Fortunately, most top retailers offer clothing made of natural eco- and animal-friendly vegan fabrics, including organic cotton, linen, Tencel, and modal.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.