In Australia, the most commonly raised sheep are merinos, who
are not native to the country and have been specifically bred to have wrinkly
skin, which means more wool per animal. This unnatural overload of wool can
cause sheep to collapse and even die from heat exhaustion during hot months,
and the wrinkles collect urine and moisture. Attracted to the moisture, flies
lay eggs in the folds of the skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep
alive. To prevent this “flystrike,” millions of lambs are mutilated
each year by having huge chunks of skin and flesh cut from their backsides—often
without any pain relief—in a practice known as “mulesing,” even
though humane alternatives are available and in use by many Australian farmers.

The
Australian wool industry promised to phase out mulesing by 2010 but then
reneged on that agreement. Seeing that the industry had no intention of doing
the right thing, PETA Australia and its affiliates have been talking to
manufacturers and retailers around the world, asking them to boycott mulesed
wool, which virtually all comes from Australia. Please speak up for lambs by
sending an e-mail to officials at Uniqlo, now the fourth-largest retailer in
the world, asking them to stop purchasing Australian wool from mulesed flocks
.

Please send
polite comments to:

Yukihiro
Nitta
Managing
Director
Fast
Retailing
fr_g_frgcsr@fastretailing.com

Uniqlo USA
customerservice@uniqlo-usa.com

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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