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Meet Pete. He's from Australia.

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Posted April 24, 2009 by Rachelle Owen

If you’re still wearing wool, I’m about to give you five reasons to stop.

Their names are Faith, Lily, Mae, Pete, and Lucy, and they are five sheep from Australia who were exploited for the wool industry.

Australia produces 25% of the world’s wool—this wool comes from sheep like Pete.

Pete, Australian sheep

Pete was unable to move and close to death when the investigators found him. His only water supply was a black puddle that was contaminated by a rotting sheep’s carcass. Pete is the face of the wool industry.

Pete died about an hour after this picture was taken, having suffered alone for weeks.

In Australia, many sheep are specifically bred to have extra wrinkly skin, which means farmers can get more wool from each animal. This obviously makes it much hotter, and it can cause animals to die of heat exhaustion in the summer. The wrinkles also can collect urine and moisture—which attract flies, who then lay eggs in the sheep’s skin. This is called flystrike, and the maggots can actually eat the sheep alive, like they did Pete.

Australian ranchers often perform a barbaric operation—mulesing—carving pieces of skin off of the sheep. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that won’t harbor fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal and the cycle continues.

Mulesing.

After years of this abuse, Australian sheep are often crammed onto filthy boats for live export to the Middle East—a trip that many do not survive—where they are dragged to slaughter and sometimes have their throats cut while they are conscious and struggling. Their flesh is then sold to be eaten.

How can you help animals like Pete? Don’t buy wool! I never want an animal to have to suffer so I can wear a sweater, do you? With so many wool-free options available today, avoiding wool is easier than ever. Just check clothing labels before you buy.

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-Rachel

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  • Profile photo of ValentineKester

    566 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    UGG’s are the new ‘fashion’ statement. But I think they are just plain ugly and they hurt your feet. Every teen in the world would reject UGGs if they found out where they came from originally

  • 652 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It so wrong

  • 654 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OK we have to stop this it is so wrong to see and it is not how it shade be I would just stop being ugg boots and anything with fire

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    disgusting

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That should be illigal!!!!!!!!! :(

  • 1719 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Omg!!! that is just sooo sad! i fell so bad about that because people slaughter a poor helpless animal just to get some freaken wool! i’d rather stay cold and freeze to death then wear the last clothing possible- wool! poor Pete!!!!!!!

  • 1728 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I actually wanted to buy boots a few years ago but I never did! Their too expensive and their so plain! Everyone wears them, so whats the point in wearing those sh*t ugly boots. Sheeps are cuties, when I heard Pete the sheep did an hour later after the picture was taken, I cried and I’m getting tears writing this.

  • 2318 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s awful.

  • 2318 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so WRONG, no animal should have to suffer just for clothing purposes!

  • 2319 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats really terrible
    I just got home from Australia and I’m going back in July. I’m going to Queensland where there are several sheep parks, they basically consist of people petting animals and playing with wool. I never knew about the cruelty behind it.
    After I read this I messaged my friends there and we’re organizing a little something something now :)

  • 2320 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i hate when i hear about this. i LOVE Australia, and i choose to believe it’s perfect, but with this plus the kangaroo annihilation that has been going on lately, i’m getting doubts

  • 2320 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    even before i started to be disgusted by wool, i never liked it!
    it’s so itchy!

  • 2320 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww come on australia!! Thats the one place I would love to travel to cause it looked like such a nice place
    now that i see this, it saddens me greatly 8(

  • 2320 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am not a woolly bully! We don’t need to wear wool to stay warm when there are so many cruelty-free alternatives.

  • 2321 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ‘I never want an animal to have to suffer so I can wear a sweater, do you?’
    sadly too many people dont care :(.
    i never wear wool, its horrible and itchy anyways, because its made for SHEEP, NOT humans!

  • 2321 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg thats horrible!
    I can’t believe people actually do this to animals and live with it, without feeling guilty. poor pete, what did he do to deserve this? its not fair at all

  • 2321 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Agreed! No animal should die for something as stupid as a sweater.
    There are better fabrics, so why are we even USING wool? It’s just amazingly cruel and pointless. :( Poor Pete.

  • 2322 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thats makes me really sad,
    I cant believe ppl could be so hardless and still
    wear wool.
    I personaly have never worne wool and i know i never will.

  • 2322 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m Australian and it makes me sick that we have to be associated with this.
    It’s beyond cruel and so unnecessary
    Happy ANZAC day!!!

  • 2323 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that’s sick…in a really bad way.

  • 2323 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s just horrible! Poor Pete and all the other sheep who endure such torture. =(
    Never be a Wooly Bully!

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