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What about wool?
Wool has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped and elastic. So very suited for apparel.
Global wool production is about 2 million tonnes per year, of which 60% goes into apparel. Australia is a leading producer of wool which is mostly from Merino sheep.
But there is also another story associated with wool. Sheep shearing. Sheep shearing is the process by which the woollen fleece of a sheep is cut off.
When done carefully, there is no problem. But when you dive deeper into the world of sheep shearing, you see that reality is harsher.
PETA for example filmed a lot of sheep abuse in Australia and the US, where they got beaten up, stomped, punched and killed for their wool. Luckily for the first time sheep shearers are getting prosecuted for this.
And then there is 'mulesing'. Merinos are bred to have wrinkly skin, which means more wool per animal. The wrinkles collect moisture, especially under the tail. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive, a condition known as “flystrike”.
In mulesing, workers force live sheep onto their backs, restrain their legs between metal bars, often without any painkillers whatsoever.
Then they cut chunks of flesh from the animals’ backsides or attach vice-like clamps to their flesh until it dies and sloughs off.
This to smoothen up the skin and get rid of the wrinkles.
Both procedures are terribly painful for the sheep to endure. And they are unnecessary. There are more humane alternatives nowadays.
So, in buying woollen clothing, it is good to have ensured that the wool used is 'non-mulesing'.
Like the wool Miss Green is using.