Leading Wool Supplier Chargeurs Ends Business Relationship With Farm After Sheep Found Mutilated, Abused

PETA's Video Exposé Prompts Chargeurs to Stop Obtaining Wool From Farm in Argentina Immediately

For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2015

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Paris – After viewing PETA’s video exposé documenting cruelty to lambs and sheep on Argentinian farm Estancia el Trebol, leading Paris-based wool-supply company Chargeurs agreed to stop buying wool from the farm immediately. The PETA video shows that workers cut off parts of lambs’ ears, placed tight rings around their scrotums, and cut their tails off—all without painkillers. Shearers hit sheep in the face with electric clippers, slammed them into the hard floor, and kicked and stomped on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut up and bleeding, and shearers hastily stitched up the animals’ gaping wounds.

Because PETA has exposed similar cruelty to sheep and lambs on other wool farms in the U.S. and Australia as well as in Argentina—where PETA’s exposé of “sustainable” farms prompted international clothing giant Patagonia to suspend its wool purchases—PETA is calling on Chargeurs to stop selling wool from sheep altogether in favor of vegan wool.

“Chargeurs had assured customers that its partners were in compliance with animal-welfare standards, yet PETA found shearers at a farm it had trusted for years standing on sheep and kicking, hitting, and cutting them, so we know that there’s no such thing as ‘humane wool,'” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Chargeurs’ decision to cut ties with this farm is an excellent first step, but the only guaranteed way to protect gentle sheep from abuse is to switch to 100 percent vegan wool, so we urge the company to do so now.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—points out that, unlike wool from sheep, vegan wool is machine-washable, dries quickly, doesn’t shrink or mat, is hypoallergenic, and isn’t susceptible to mildew or damage by moths or other insects. Vegan wools can be made from bamboo, TENCEL®, hemp, acrylic, polyester, modal, rayon, viscose, and cotton.

Broadcast-quality footage is available for download here, and photographs are available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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