Leather and Wool

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Leather and Wool

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Pretty much everyone knows how terrible fur is, but a lot of us remain in the dark as to the horrors of leather and wool.  We assume that leather is mostly a byproduct anyway, or that there can’t be much wrong with shearing sheep.   It turns out that the leather and wool industries, like the fur industry, are shockingly cruel.

If you have a few minutes, I would recommend that you check out the two new research pages at our website: Leather and Wool

Some previews of the Leather page:

The soft skin of aborted (purposely or otherwise) calves is considered particularly luxurious; it comes from cows who “quite literally die pregnant.” The softer the leather is, the younger the animal was at the time of slaughter.

Lizards and snakes are often skinned alive as a result of the belief that doing so will make their skin more supple.

A common practice is to nail the live snake to a tree or a board.  The skin is peeled away and the snake, still alive, is left hanging until it dies.

Some countries, like China and Thailand, even process cat and dog skins, shipping the resultant leather around the world with intentionally deceptive labels.
What about Wool?
[R]outine mutilations are legally performed without anesthetic…lambs have their tails “docked”, or cut off, when they are 24 to 48 hours old…Male lambs are subject to an additional mutilation: most of them are castrated when they are anywhere from 48 hours old to six weeks old.
According to the Canadian Sheep Federation, “it is very easy to cut off the end of a teat [during shearing].”  …Struggling sheep result in more intentional cruelty; one eyewitness stated that “[T]he shearing shed must be one of the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals … I have seen shearers punch sheep with their shears or their fists until the sheep’s nose bled. I have seen sheep with half their faces shorn off …”

During the journey [of live-export] itself, sick or injured sheep are often thrown into chutes which lead to macerators.  These chutes can be up to nine stories long.  “…they drop them down a big laundry chute into a mincer at the bottom and it just smashes them up and squirts them out the side into the water. …in quite a lot of cases, the sheep are still alive.”

Ugh.  Check out these new pages on our website to get all the facts.

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