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  • 17
  • Dec

PHOTOS: Don’t Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes, Say Blindfolded Protesters

Blindfolded and cradling a sheared and apparently blood-spattered “lamb”, these three PETA members were a striking sight in Edinburgh this morning.

Edinburgh wool demo

Their message to shoppers on Princes Street was “Don’t pull the wool over your eyes”, a reference to the immense suffering inflicted on sheep used by the wool industry, including violent abuse in shearing sheds, painful mutilations and frightening deaths in abattoirs.

Sheep suffer for wool - scratch it off your shopping list

Princes Street anti-wool protest

The trio urged passers-by to open their eyes to the cruelty inherent in wool production and to cross wool items off their shopping lists.

A recent exposé of the … Read more.


  • 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.


  • 07
  • Oct

The Compassionate Knitter’s Guide to Vegan Yarns

Kelly Yarn StoreEveryone knows that knitting isn’t just for grannies anymore – since the crafting revolution hit these shores, the gentle click of knitting needles can be heard up and down the country, as people of all ages crochet, stitch and purl their way to beautiful handmade items.

But if you love knitting and animals, you’ll want to make sure that your hobby doesn’t come at someone else’s expense.

As PETA US’ shocking recent exposé highlighted, the worldwide wool industry cruelly abuses millions of sheep a year. Angora wool is often produced by ripping 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.

Slaughtered Sheep

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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.


  • 02
  • Apr

7 Tips for Spring-Cleaning Your Wardrobe

Do you have skeletons in the closet? Perhaps not literally – but could your wardrobe be harbouring some uncomfortable secrets, such as items for which an animal suffered or was killed to produce?

Now is the perfect moment to purge your wardrobe of anything made from animals so that you can face spring with a clear conscience – and plenty of closet space to fill up with fabulous vegan clothes!

So grab a bin liner, roll up your sleeves and consign anything that contains these outmoded materials to the “rejected” pile.

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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 10
  • Jul

A PETA Present for the Royal Baby

Minolta DSCWhat do you get for the baby who’s bound to have everything? Well, there’s one thing that you can never have too much of – compassion – which is why we’ve just sent the soon-to-be newest member of Britain’s Royal family  a cosy faux-sheepskin blanket, which combines kindness towards animals with great snuggleability!

In our letter congratulating proud parents-to-be Prince William and Duchess Catherine, we explain that traditional wool and sheepskin are often the product of cruelty to animals and therefore hardly belong in a newborn’s cradle. Sheep can have their tails … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jun

Victory! UNIQLO Pledges to Phase Out Buying Wool From Mulesed Sheep!

After eight months of international campaigns by PETA and our affiliates, UNIQLO – part of Fast Retailing, the fifth-largest retailer in the world – has agreed to phase out the use of wool from sheep who have been mulesed.

Mulesing is a barbaric practice that involves cutting large chunks of skin and flesh from the rear ends of merino sheep, often without any pain relief. Mainly practiced in Australia, mulesing is a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, which can be controlled by using humane options.

UNIQLO now joins other top international retailers, such as … Read more.