*UPDATE: VICTORY! On June 27th, 2012, UNIQLO announced that it would phase out wool from sheep who have been mulesed*
Activists—outraged by Uniqlo’s continued use of wool from mutilated sheep—took over Uniqlo’s Facebook page today:
You’re probably on Facebook right now, or, chances are, you will be at some point today. So why not join these activists in putting that Facebook addiction to good use? Please leave a message here.
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. Attracted to the moisture that collects in the wrinkles, flies lay eggs in the folds of the skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. To prevent this so-called “flystrike,” millions of lambs are mutilated each year by having huge chunks of skin and flesh cut from their backsides—without any pain relief—in a practice known as “mulesing,” even though humane alternatives are available and in use by many Australian farmers.
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Posted by Ashley Fruno