PETA US Video: Sheep Kicked, Hit, and Shoved for ‘Sustainable’ Wool

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Companies selling wool may tout words like sustainable or local in their branding, but as new video footage shows, when it comes to animal welfare, these buzzwords mean nothing 

 In the Nevada desert in the US, PETA US eyewitnesses documented freshly shorn sheep being loaded into trailers bound for a location hours away, in California. The sheep are used by Bare Ranch, which claims to produce local wool using sustainable methods with respect for animals.  

 See for yourself what the sheep endured, and then take action to help stop this kind of abuse.  

Workers Kicked, Hit, and Shoved Frightened Sheep 

Bare Ranch workers shoved, hit, pulled, and pushed sheep while loading them into trailers. They struck the animals on the head and face, jabbed them with paddle and a pole, kicked at them, and kicked the fencing next to them to frighten them into moving forward.  

Sheep tried to jump or climb over each other in fear as they were herded toward the trailers. A few collapsed to their knees. And at least two had bloody wounds on their hindquarters, probably from fast and rough shearing. 

Hitting, kicking, or otherwise abusing animals is never acceptable – especially when Bare Ranch claims to have respect for them – but during the eyewitnesses brief visit to this ranchs operationthe animals were repeatedly subjected to such treatment. 

 

Terrified Sheep Lassoed by the Neck and Yanked to the Ground

Three sheep who had gotten loose were pursued by workers and dogs. Two of the exhausted, panting animals were chased, lassoed by the neck, and roughly yanked to the ground. Bare Ranchs co-owner said that workers were wasting time trying to recover three sheep and that the animals should have just been left in the desert. 

The Wool Industry Hurts the Environment, Too  

Data shows that because of the greenhouse-gas emissions created in its production, wool has a more significant impact on climate change than the majority of its synthetic and other vegan counterparts.  

No matter what farming methods are used to raise sheepthey’re never truly sustainablebut many eco-friendly vegan options – including organic cotton, coconut fibre, tree fibresrecycled bottles, biodegradable Tencel, and hemp – are available. Hemp is even carbon-negative, meaning that it draws carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  

Sheep Need Your Help  

Theres no such thing as humane wool. PETA US has now released 12 exposés of 100 woolindustry operations on four continents revealing that sheep are mutilated and abused for their wool and sometimes even skinned alive. 

Please Pledge Never to Buy Wool! 

Always check the labels on jumpers, other garments, and blankets before buying them. For the sake of sheep and our planet, if a label says wool, please leave the item on the shelf.  

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