WTF is Mulesing?!

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Posted September 22, 2011 by Christina

Think wool is harmless? Think again! Most of the world’s wool comes from Australia—and the most commonly raised sheep in that country are merinos, who are specifically bred to have wrinkly skin (which means more wool per animal).

This unnatural overload of wool causes many sheep to collapse and even die of heat exhaustion during hot months. The wrinkles collect urine and moisture, which attract flies and cause a maggot infestation known as “flystrike.” In a crude and cruel attempt to prevent flystrike, farmers mutilate lambs with “mulesing.”

WTF is mulesing?

Mulesing is a barbaric procedure in which Australian ranchers force live lambs onto their backs, restrain their legs between metal bars, and, sometimes without any painkillers whatsoever, carve huge chunks of skin off the animals’ backsides.

Many lambs who have undergone the mulesing mutilation still suffer slow, agonizing deaths from flystrike. The deep wounds from mulesing can also become infected. Even if they make it through flystrike and mulesing, many lambs are still sent to slaughter once their bodies are worn out and they stop producing as much wool.

Humane methods of flystrike control are available and in use by some farmers. Lambs can be spared maggot infestation through humane methods such as diet regulation, spray washing, and simply breeding types of sheep who are better suited for the Australian climate and less susceptible to flystrike.

How can you help? Purchase cruelty-free clothing, including cotton, cotton flannel, polyester fleece, and synthetic shearling. Oh, and now that you know—don’t forget to tell everyone you can about mulesing.

Thanks for having a <3 for sheep!

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  • Profile photo of jazzyheath

    653 days ago

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    How can people be so heartless to do this?! Completely unnecessary and horribly cruel. Poor creatures <3

  • 653 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s why I don’t wear wool. Plus, of course fur, leather, down anything involved with animal suffering, it’s so cruel. Especially most people think wearing wool is ok, but once you know this truth, would you still want to wear them??? There are plenty other options. If you love animals or care about them, you need to consider about it.

  • Profile photo of rmoniemony

    653 days ago

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    why do they need to do this? back in they day they just sheered the sheep

  • Profile photo of salvatorejcento

    993 days ago

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    stop killing animals for clothing

  • 1212 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i dont understand why they do this though? what is the point? I just dont understand how someone could think this is even remotely okay?

  • 1330 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HOW SAD! POOR BABIESS<3

  • 1330 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I wonder how they’d like to have their skin shaved off? I surely would not like it.

  • 1333 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WTF! What should one do if they get their hands on wool? I know there’s a donation center or something but how do you get to it??

  • 1334 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WTH?!?! Horrible….

  • 1335 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hate wool… and meat… and the royal family (they’re annoying and kill animals)… etc etc etc

  • 1337 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wouldn’t the open wounds would attract more flies and therefore more maggots?

    it’s so cruel… :( poor sheep!

  • 1337 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wthhh?????

  • 1337 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats horrible!

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