For Immediate Release:
28 July 2020
Rock Legend Is ‘Surprised and Disappointed’ Wool Industry Continues Barbaric Practice
Sydney – Thirteen years after protesting the practice of mulesing in front of the Sydney Opera House, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde once again speaks up for sheep by taking part in the New South Wales government survey designed to gather public opinions on a proposed bill to ban this archaic and notorious procedure by 2022.
“I protested against the cruel, greedy, for profit only mutilation of sheep when I was in Australia in 2007 on tour with The Pretenders. It seemed at the time there was unanimous support from Australians to end this vile practice, therefore I am surprised and disappointed it still hasn’t been banned,” Hynde wrote in the survey. “Maybe it’s time for the governing bodies to watch the investigative PETA footage of lambs being butchered alive to refresh one’s memories. If Australia cannot produce wool without incorporating mulesing, perhaps the country shouldn’t be producing wool. My understanding of Australians, on the whole, is that they are caring people and want to see their industries reflect this.”
This month, Hynde is back in the international spotlight with the release of The Pretenders’ 11th album.
In today’s wool industry, lambs’ legs are restrained between metal bars and chunks of flesh are sliced off their backside with shears, sometimes without any pain relief. This process is known as “mulesing” and is done as a means of preventing flies from laying eggs in the folds of sheep’s skin, something that wouldn’t be a concern if they were not bred to have more wool than they need.
When PETA US first exposed this practice almost two decades ago, the Australian wool industry promised to phase it out by 2010. New Zealand banned the procedure in 2018, yet the majority of Australian sheep are still enduring this cruelty.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that if the proposed bill is passed, it would not only ban mulesing but also ensure that sheep and other animals receive pain relief during earmarking, branding, castration, dehorning, and tail-docking.