Group Will Shock Shoppers With Violent Scene of Cruelty to Sheep
For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2016
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Salt Lake City – What: In a scene resembling a clothing ad gone horribly wrong, PETA will inflate a life-size snow globe in Salt Lake City on Thursday—and inside the globe, two PETA members wearing big “wooly” sweaters, hats, and mittens will beat up realistic, “bloody” sheep. The provocative display is part of PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter campaign—an effort to alert consumers to the reality that sheep are beaten, punched, kicked, and even killed by impatient shearers in the wool industry.
When: Thursday, December 8, 12 noon
Where: Near 55 South Temple St., Salt Lake City
“Most shoppers would be appalled to learn that numerous PETA exposés of the wool industry have revealed cruelty to sheep, who are beaten and left with bloody wounds for wool sweaters, coats, and scarves,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “As winter clothes hit store shelves, PETA is calling on caring people to give sheep some peace on Earth by choosing only wool-free, vegan apparel.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—recently released video footage showing workers on a massive sheep farm in Chile mutilating, killing, and skinning sheep—sometimes while the animals were still alive. PETA has released six exposés recorded at 39 facilities on three continents revealing that sheep are abused and skinned alive in the international wool industry. Shearers are often paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent work that can lead to gaping wounds on sheep’s bodies. The wounds are then stitched closed—without giving the animals any painkillers.
Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s exposés are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.