I AM WOLF. I am the true spirit of nature, a perfect creation, walking beside you, guiding your senses to see the invisible. My true destination will only become visible when humans discard their imaginary fear, false legends, phantasmal myths, to seek the truth.
Cruelty to Sheep, Australian Style, Mulesing
Crutching is a humane practice done on some wool sheep to prevent fly strike, however, mulesing is cruel and barbaric.
What is Mulesing
What Can You Do to End this Cruelty?
What is Mulesing
Mulesing came about when one sloppy Australian farmer, John Mules, cut the skin off some of his sheep while crutching them with hand held shearers (they look like large scissors). He noticed that after the wounds healed, the sheep did not grow wool in that area. “Good Idea” he thought.. and the practice became widespread throughout Australia.
Crutching is the process of only removing the wool from the rump of these sheep, done to prevent the problem of "Fly Strike" in which flies lay eggs on the dirty rumps of sheep and the eggs hatch into maggots which have been known to eat the sheep alive, and kill it!
In Mulesing the skin from both sides of a sheep's rump is cut off, while the animal is fully conscious, and not sedated. In some cases the skin of the tail is also removed. The sheep is then left to "recover and heal", a process that takes roughly 4 weeks.
note the pile of 'rumps' on the ground
These poor lambs are at risk for tetanus, blood loss, stress, and fly infestations due to having an open wound. When mature, the ewes are at greater risk for cancerous growths around the mutilated area, and vulva cancer.
Mulesing is pretty much only done in the Merino sheep breed, a sheep that has more skin around the rump area, and is done when the animals are still young. It is banned from being performed on sheep over 12 months of age. The lambs are restrained in a device that holds their heads and legs, and thrusts their rump into the air where a certified mulesinger cuts off a the skin from an area about the size of a dinner plate.
Australia is the only country that regularly practices Mulesing, it is banned as cruel in most other countries and been phased out in New Zealand. In Australia several million lambs are mutilated in this way every year.
What Can You Do to End this Cruelty?
There are alternatives to Mulesing, crutching and tail docking, being the best. When crutching is done with electric shears, rather than hand shears, the risk to the sheep is very small, it may get a nick or two, but most suffer no major loss as with mulesing. The downside is that crutching is required every year before blowfly season. Tail Docking is done when the lamb is only a few days old, in combination crutching and tail docking can help prevent many cases of fly strike.
*note: Tail docking is done to the lambs who later under go mulesing.
Some Merino sheep breeders are trying to breed a Merino sheep that has less skin around its rump so as to not “require” the animals to go through this torture.
Concerned Australians, and animal rights activists, should lobby the Australian government, and agricultural industry to either ban the practice of mulesing, or to require painkillers and antiseptics to be used at the time. Please write to:
Western Australian Department of Agriculture
3 Barron Hay Court
South Perth 6151
Activists like YOU made this happen! Sincere thanks from PETA to everyone who wrote to UNIQLO, confronted the company on Facebook, or attended a leafleting session or protest.
In mulesing, farmers force sheep onto their backs and use instruments resembling gardening shears to cut skin and flesh from their backsides - often without any painkillers - in a crude attempt to prevent flystrike (a maggot infestation that can occur when flies lay their eggs in the folds of the sheep's skin). Many Australian farmers already use humane flystrike control methods, and other wool-producing countries do not practice mulesing. UNIQLO now joins other compassionate retailers — including Gap Inc., Muji, Topshop, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Next — in taking action against mulesing.
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15, septembre 2009
Ask Australia's New Prime Minister to End Mulesing Mutilations
The Australian wool industry insists on clinging to the cruel tradition of mulesing and has gone back on its pledge to end the barbaric mutilation of lambs by 2010. Since the Australian wool industry won't keep its word, it's now time for the Australian government to take action to phase out mulesing. With a new Prime Minister in place, we need you to make sure she knows how important this issue is to caring people around the world.
Mulesing is a cruel mutilation in which farmers carve off chunks of skin from lambs' backsides—often without giving the animals any anesthetic—in a misguided attempt to prevent flystrike, a condition in which maggots attack the sheep. Another form of mulesing uses clips to painfully clamp the skin until it dies and sloughs off.
More humane alternatives to mulesing exist, and many farmers have had great success in using them to phase out mulesing. The most effective way to prevent flystrike is to breed sheep who have less wrinkly skin and are therefore resistant to it. Experts estimate that the Australian wool industry could transition to the less wrinkly sheep breed within just two years if an aggressive breeding program were implemented immediately.
Please use the form below to send a message to the Australian prime minister and minister for agriculture asking the government to approve a timeline to end mulesing. And remember: The best way to make sure that you are not supporting cruelty to lambs is by not wearing any wool