Ten reasons why PETA has woolly thinking

Woolly-headed PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which is a worldwide animal rights group has accused the wool industry of abusing sheep and has launched an ad campaign urging consumers not to buy wool products.

[…] PETA president Ingrid Newkirk alleges the wool industry is rife with cruelty […]

“The shearers, a lot of them are on amphetamines because they have to work at speed. Men punching these sheep. They smash them on their backs, they punch them on their face,”

But Federated Farmers has called it “shear crazy […]

“Our wool industry is globally renowned for quality and ethics, unlike PETA which has a particular worldview that they want everyone to conform to and, it’s obvious they don’t care how they go about achieving that,” said spokesman Miles Anderson.

He says shearing is good for sheep – it can prevent flies laying eggs on their skin and stops them having to carry heavy fleece over summer.


Here are ten reasons why PETA have woolly thinking when it comes to this non-issue.


‘Tsk…woolly thinking again.’

  1. An alternative to renewable and sustainable wool is synthetic fabrics but they are made from fossil fuels.
  2. An alternative to renewable and sustainable wool is silk but that involves killing the silkworms
  3. An alternative to renewable and sustainable wool is linen but that means swamps will have to be drained
  4. An alternative to renewable and sustainable wool is cotton but cotton is a symbol of black oppression in America
  5. Fig leaves, coconut shell bras and grass skirts are not warm or soft like wool plus if we dress that way in the West we will be accused of cultural appropriation.
  6. It is less humane to not shear a sheep as they will become wool blind, grow dags and flies will lay eggs in their wool. When the eggs hatch the larvae eat into the sheep causing terrible pain.
  7. One of PETA’s ads says ” Wear your own skin, let animals keep theirs.” PETA seem confused between the difference between skinning an animal for its fur or leather that requires the death of the animal and cutting off a sheep’s wool which doesn’t. Since when has it become inhumane to have a haircut?
  8. Sheep would be extinct if it wasn’t for farming. The best way to ensure a species survival is to farm it.
  9. PETA object to using animals for the production of consumables. If we cannot use wool for that reason then we also cannot eat eggs or drink milk.
  10. They call themselves a progressive organisation but what they want is regressive. A world without domesticated animals and ideally a world without humans.

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