PETA Will Shock Shoppers With Violent Scene of Cruelty to Sheep
For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2016
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
In a scene resembling a winter clothing ad gone horribly wrong, PETA will inflate a giant snow globe at a busy intersection on Washington Street on Thursday—and inside the globe, two PETA members wearing big “wooly” sweaters, hats, and mittens will beat up two realistic-looking, “bloody” prop 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, January 21, noon
Where: Intersection of Washington and Dorrance streets, Providence
“Most shoppers would be appalled to learn that every single PETA exposé of the wool industry has 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. “This winter season, PETA calls 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 revealed video footage showing that workers on a massive farm in Australia cut skin and flesh off sheep’s backsides with shears and threw and kicked the animals. In the past 16 months, PETA has released five exposés recorded at 37 facilities on three continents, all revealing that sheep are mutilated, abused, and skinned alive. Shearers are often paid by volume, not 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 investigations is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.