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Top 10 Reasons Not to Wear Wool

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6. Lambs have to endure castration, tail docking and dehorning without anesthesia. Using a knife to cut out their testicles or a rubber ring to cut off the blood supply, a knife to cut off the tail, and a scraper blade or dehorning shears to remove the horn bud without any painkillers doesn’t sound very humane, does it? All of these procedures are common practice in the wool industry, and cause fear, pain and distress.

7. Sheep are highly intelligent animals. They have incredible memories and can remember up to 50 individual faces (sheep and humans) for years! This is because they use a similar part of the brain and neural process as humans use to remember.

8. Sheep are gentle, loving and feeling individuals who are capable of a range of emotions. Extensive studies have been carried out proving that sheep have much richer emotional lives than we give them credit for.

9. Five million kangaroos are killed every year as a result of the wool industry. Excessive numbers of sheep have eaten the native flora upon which the kangaroo feeds, causing the yellow footed rock wallaby to become an endangered species. These native animals are now viewed as damaging pests and the Australian government permits the slaughter of an estimated 5 million kangaroos each year.

10. Every sheep shorn will eventually be sent to slaughter. When a sheep’s wool production declines, they are sold for slaughter. This terrifying and frightening ordeal requires the sheep to travel long distances in extremely cramped and crowded conditions. Many sheep die during the journey from exhaustion, dehydration, stress and injury, and lambs born during the trip are often trampled to death.

Sheep are not the only animals exploited for their wool. Goats, rabbits and alpacas are also commonly used to manufacture angora, cashmere and alpaca wool. You don’t have to contribute to this abusive industry. Check labels before you buy and use alternatives such as cotton, cotton flannel, soft acrylic, polyester fleece and synthetic shearling.

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1:53AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Interesting comment, Rosemary H concerning the BBC show about lambing. I agree, for writers with a vegan agenda, only the worse case scenarios are explored while ignoring farms that treat animals humanely. Some with agendas see things only in terms of black and white with alternative options totally ignored. Not everything is factory farming.

8:36PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

Abigail learn a little more about the Australian wool industry and don''t go off half cocked.Investigate more before you criticize.

5:59AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

thank you for sharing

2:44PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

How many people watched 'Lambing Live' tonight on BBC (2? I think) I didn't see all of it but I did notice a completely different attitude to the sheep.

That wouldn't suit C2! Never let facts get in the way of the Vegan Agenda!

1:00PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

To all those who added to the discussion on sheep, especially mulesing, may I just say "Thank you". I would have written more but as you can see, I ran out of space.

12:12PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

And another point...

A few weeks ago one of my neighbour's ewes was having a difficult time lambing. So what did he do? Took her to the vet for a caesarean, where she was safely delivered of triplets. And he didn't grumble about the bill.

It doesn't fit the C2 account, does it?

12:09PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Green star to Jennifer W for this!

"did you know that badly treated sheep / stressed sheep grow bad wool which does not sell? It's in farmers best interests to have free-roaming, well cared for sheep... "

It's obvious when you think about it.

Why has C2 resurrected this silly, biased, inaccurate article, instead of getting someone to write a better one? Because of the vegan agenda!

3:16AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Oh... and sheep DO need to be shorn! Perhaps their wild ancestors did, but not shearing is not an option! One sheep in NZ evaded capture for 5 years (I think) and had almost 30kg of wool fleece on his body, you're telling me that he could have survived much longer, no, I don't think so! Goofle 'Big Ben New Zealand'

3:05AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Wow read the comments people, can't believe how inaccurate this is! People keep going on about Mulesing... IT DOESN'T HAPPEN ANY MORE and hasn't for many years! Do your research!

Also did you know that badly treated sheep / stressed sheep grow bad wool which does not sell? It's in farmers best interests to have free-roaming, well cared for sheep... Go and speak to a real wool grower and see for yourselves instead of reading this rubbish and believing everything that's posted online!

9:47AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

I know there are a lot of people out there who would disagree with me but I think there's a lot of sheep farmers who treat their sheep very well. I was one of them, even though I only owned two sheep. They got the best of care.
As far as not wearing wool, I live in the North country and believe me, we wear wool up here. A lot of the synthetic fabrics simply wouldn't keep you warm enough.

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