PETA Highlights Devasting Impact Wool Has on the Environment and the Suffering It Causes Sheep

For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2020

Tokyo — This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Takashi Murakami—one of Japan’s most acclaimed artists, the originator and a proponent of “Superflat” art, and a judge for the 2020 International Woolmark Prize—urging him to cut ties with the award.

In the letter, PETA points out that the wool industry is a major producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and is driving ecological catastrophes like the wildfires in Australia (the world’s largest exporter of wool and Woolmark’s home), which have reportedly killed around 100,000 sheep on Kangaroo Island alone.

“Every single wool garment drives an industry that’s spewing out pollutants and fueling near-apocalyptic wildfires that are burning gentle sheep to death,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA is urging Takashi Murakami and the other judges to take a stand against wool by shunning this prize and embracing truly sustainable all-vegan materials.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—and its international affiliates have investigated 100 wool-industry operations on four continents, including in Australia, and have found egregious abuse at each one.

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