Sheep are gentle, loving animals who—just like humans—experience fear, stress,
and pain. Much of the world’s wool comes from sheep who undergo “mulesing,” a painful procedure in which Australian farmers cut chunks of skin and flesh
from sheep’s backsides, often without any pain relief, in a crude and cruel attempt to prevent a
maggot infestation called “flystrike.” Humane methods of flystrike prevention—such as closer
monitoring of sheep and breeding sheep who are less susceptible to flystrike—are
available and in use by some farmers in Australia.
Article source: PETA Action Alerts