Aussie Model Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool
Sydney – Model Stefania Ferrario has stripped off for a striking new PETA ad urging consumers to “Leave Wool Behind”. The model, who has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and has over 1 million followers on Instagram, is passionate about promoting compassionate wardrobe choices, telling shoppers, “Ewe can do better! Wear vegan.”
In an accompanying video, Ferrario points to the horrors of the wool industry, saying that “workers are being paid for the volume of wool they’re producing, so when they’re shearing the sheep, they’re going really fast. The sheep can end up having horrific gashes, bleeding, and then they’ll sew the sheep up without any anaesthetic.”
In today’s wool industry in Australia, huge chunks of skin are cut off the backsides of gentle, docile sheep during the barbaric practice of mulesing. PETA and its international affiliates have release six exposés of the Australian shearing industry and have found cruelty at every single property they visited.
One shearer stood on a sheep’s neck and punched two others in the face, a supervisor kicked two sheep, and shearers cut swaths of skin off some sheep and left many others with bleeding wounds. One shearer didn’t give a sheep any pain relief before trying to sew up a gaping wound with an evidently blunt needle. In another incident, a shearer cut into a heavily pregnant sheep’s vaginal prolapse and used her wool to wipe her blood off the floor. When an investigator took her to a veterinarian, they discovered that she had been trying to deliver a lamb, who was stillborn, and the mother had to be euthanised.
Ferrario joins a long list of celebrities – including Alicia Silverstone, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA or its international affiliates to speak out against the horrific and barbaric wool industry.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that wool is ranked on the Higg Materials Sustainability Index as worse for the environment than polyurethane, nylon, and even acrylic.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.