PETA supporters were out in force on London’s Oxford Street yesterday to protest fashion retailer Uniqlo’s continued use of Australian wool from mulesed sheep.
Australian merino sheep are bred to have wrinkly skin so that they will produce more wool, but the wrinkles collect moisture and attract flies. Flies lay their eggs in the folds of the animals’ skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive, creating a condition known as “flystrike”. In a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, Australian farmers perform the barbaric mulesing mutilation, in which they … Read more.
We all love our mothers, even when – or perhaps, because – they interfere in our lives (for our own good, of course). But this Mother’s Day, while you are celebrating your own mum, remember that some of the best mothers in the world are found in the animal kingdom. Sadly, on UK factory farms, few animal mums are allowed to care for their young as nature intended.
Pigs, for example, are devoted mothers who, if allowed, would spend days building a nest of leaves or straw before giving birth. Then … Read more.
Many Australian sheep will be spared from mutilation thanks to brand giant Tesco, which has announced that it will buy lamb meat only from farms that do not perform mulesing.
Mulesing is a barbaric procedure in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to carve chunks of skin and flesh from the lambs’ backsides in a crude attempt to create smoother skin that won’t collect moisture and attract flies. But the exposed, bloody wounds often attract flies before they heal, or they become infected. Many sheep who have undergone the mulesing … Read more.
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Animals find new ways to astonish us every day. Wouldn’t it be great if we returned the favour by astonishing them with our compassion?
- Scientists have discovered that “sheepish” really means “brainy”.
- Dolphins and researchers have learned to speak each other’s language. Can a Rosetta Stone course be far behind?
- Perhaps those dolphins can help us translate a Compassionate Action Award into dolphinese for this pup-friendly pod who rescued a dog.
- A courageous canine has proved that true friends are there when you need them most.
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