For Immediate Release:
November 20, 2018

Two New PETA Asia Investigations Reveal Even More Horrific, Pervasive Abuse in the Wool Industry

Melbourne – Two new PETA video exposés recorded on sheep farms in Victoria and New South Wales show workers beating petrified sheep in the face, deliberately mutilating them, and cutting their throats while they were fully conscious.

One of the videos shows a farm manager carving swaths of flesh from lambs’ hindquarters with shears as they struggle and cry out. It also shows workers cutting and burning off their tails with a hot knife and no painkillers. A second video, shot by a PETA Asia eyewitness, reveals even more abuse: shearers are seen striking sheep in the face with sharp metal clippers, kneeling on their stomachs, and throwing them about. One worker bragged that he once “hit one [sheep] so hard I knocked it out. F**ked it under the jaw a bit too hard.”

“PETA and its international affiliates have now revealed extreme cruelty to sheep at 99 operations on four continents around the world. We’ve shown that sheep are beaten, kicked, slammed into the floor, cut up, and mutilated and often die in appalling ways – all for a sweater,” says PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is appealing to all members of the public who care about animals to show that they oppose such ghastly abuse by going wool-free.”

PETA Asia has asked Australian law-enforcement officials to investigate the findings for violations of each state’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and to file appropriate charges.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that these new videos mark the 10th and 11thglobal exposés of the wool industry published by PETA or its affiliates.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.