After eight-months of international campaigns by PETA Asia, PETA Australia, and our affiliates, UNIQLO ― part of Fast Retailing, the fifth-largest retailer in the world ― has agreed to phase out the use of wool from sheep who have been mulesed.
Mulesing is a barbaric practice that involves cutting large chunks of skin and flesh from the rear ends of merino sheep, often without any pain relief. Mainly practiced in Australia, mulesing is a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, which can be controlled by using humane options.
UNIQLO now joins other top international retailers, such as Muji, C&A, Topshop and H&M, that have pledged to take action against mulesing.
In pledging to phase out the use of wool from farms that continue to mutilate their sheep, UNIQLO has shown the world and, most importantly, Australian wool producers that it believes cruelty to animals is never fashionable.
This is a major victory for which PETA would like to thank activists around the world who have united against cruelty to sheep. Thanks to you, we are one step closer to ending mulesing once and for all.
Posted by Jason Baker