I took an hour out of my day today to join other activists in Washington, D.C., to speak out against the Australian government, which refuses to end mulesing mutilations on lambs.

WTF is mulesing? In short, it’s a gruesome and cruel procedure in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs’ backsides in a crude attempt to prevent a maggot infestation known as “flystrike.” Pretty barbaric, right? You can read more here.

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