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  • 01
  • Dec

11 Reasons to Have a Wool-Free Winter

PETA Wool-Free Winter LogoIf you care about animals, wool-free fashions are the way to go this winter. Here’s why:

1.This video:


It’s a one-minute glimpse into everything that’s wrong with the wool industry.

2. Because 2 to 6 million baby lambs die of exposure, disease or other factors every year – and that’s just in the UK.
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Most deaths occur within 48 hours of birth.

3. Because shearing is rough, terrifying and often deadly for sheep.

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This sheep didn’t survive the experience. The shearer handled her so violently that he broke her neck before kicking Read more.


  • 23
  • Oct

Live Export: Trafficking, Beatings, Broken Legs and Stabbings

Animals Australia Reveals Unspeakable Abuse of Cows and Sheep

In an extensive new investigation of the Australian live-export industry – which exports up to 4 million sheep and cattle per year – Animals Australia has revealed countless atrocities to animals who are shipped from Australia to Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait and Malaysia for the annual “festival of sacrifice” in October.

Video footage and photos show how exporters make a killing by supplying animals to notorious meat markets and unregulated abattoirs. Some animals are even set upon and killed in the streets.

Watch Animals Read more.


  • 02
  • Oct

Paul O’Grady to Lord Mayor: Please Don’t Herd Sheep Across London Bridge

Paul O'Grady to Lord Mayor: Please Don't Herd Sheep Across London Bridge

The Lord Mayor of London is historically entitled to the Freedom of the City, a privilege that theoretically affords him or her the right to do many things, including carrying a naked sword in public and other equally archaic practices. One of these practices is the dangerous tradition of herding sheep across London Bridge.

Since the current Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, plans to do just that in a fundraising stunt set for next week, Paul O’Grady MBE has written to ask her to put a stop to the tradition. “I … Read more.


  • 18
  • Jul

Eyewitness Investigations Make Waves in the Wool Industry on Two Continents

Sheep maimed, hit and killed for wool

Last week, PETA US released video footage recorded in Australia and the United States showing how sheep are maimed, punched, poked in the eyes and thrown by wool industry workers.

One worker attacked a lamb with a hammer. Another twisted and broke a sheep’s neck during shearing. On dozens of occasions, workers used needle and thread to sew up gaping, bloody wounds on sheep’s bodies – without any painkillers or veterinary assistance.

The undercover exposé has been making waves all around the world. Before these investigations, many consumers had no idea … Read more.


  • 01
  • Jul

Photos From Wool Trade Investigations

PETA US’ undercover exposé of the wool industry in Australia and the USA has revealed shocking and systematic abuse of sheep. These photos illustrate some of the findings. For more information, and to watch the videos from the investigations, visit PETAUK.org/woolexposed.

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Unprofitable Australian sheep are often shipped to the Middle East to be slaughtered or are killed on farms. This animal’s butchered remains were left in full view of other sheep.

Sheep Whose Neck Was Broken

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A shearer repeatedly twisted and bent this sheep’s neck, breaking it. The shearer … Read more.


  • 06
  • Dec

A F-ewe Surprising Facts About Sheep

Sheep are a familiar sight in the British countryside. But how much do you really know about these gentle, good-natured animals? The following 10 facts about the personalities, intelligence and skills of rams, lambs and ewes might surprise you:

1. Sheep have extremely good memories. They can remember approximately 50 individuals (sheep and humans!) for years at a time.

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2. Sheep have been shown to display and recognise emotion by facial expressions with other sheep. Some are noticeable from their ears.

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3. … Read more.


  • 27
  • Nov

Cuddly Sheep and Cows Bring Live-Export Message to Australia

They say an image is worth a thousand words, which is why our friends over at PETA Australia came up with a striking Banksy-inspired visual to drive home the fate of animals in the live-export industry:

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The photos are kind of cute – that is, until you remember that they represent the thousands of real sheep and cows who are crammed onto ships and endure a terrifying journey that can last for days or even weeks before eventually arriving at their destination: a slaughterhouse in the Middle East where they will be … Read more.


  • 22
  • Oct

Hard Facts About a Woolly Industry

Here’s the not-so-fluffy lowdown on wool – and some facts that you’re not likely to learn from the industry’s sales pitches.

About 30 million sheep are farmed in the UK, and they are sheared of approximately 22,000 tonnes of wool every single year. This may not sound out of the ordinary until you learn that a third of this wool is labelled as “skin wool”, a grim name for wool which is torn from slaughtered lambs’ bodies.

Wool, far from being green, is a by-product of an industry which slaughters Read more.


  • 28
  • Aug

Score! UEFA Agrees That Animal Slaughter Has NO Place in Football

RamUEFA has taken action to keep football beautiful today by speaking out against the slaughter of a sheep by FC Shakhter Karagandy in a cruel pre-match ritual. Just days after we sent a letter to the UEFA president urging him to take a strong stance against violence towards animals, UEFA has unequivocally condemned the bloodshed!

Here’s UEFA’s sternly worded letter to the Kazakh side:

We were informed that an animal slaughter took place at some point prior to the UEFA Champions League fixture involving FC Shakhter Karagandy and Celtic FC at

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  • 23
  • Aug

Our Appeal to UEFA – Please Keep Ritual Slaughter off the Football Pitch

stock footballWhen we heard the disturbing news that a sheep was slaughtered at the stadium of Kazakh football team Shakhter Karagandy ahead of its Champions League match with Celtic on Tuesday, we sprang into action. PETA appealed to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini asking him to ban the ritual slaughter of animals in European football.

UEFA claims to be “forward-looking”, and Platini himself has spoken about its “duty to protect the game, the players and our values”. Those values should certainly include not stabbing animals to death in … Read more.