Saturday, October 04, 2008

Hugo Boss, Adidas and Perry Ellis reject Cruelty to Lambs. No to Mulesing.

These retail giants, Hugo Boss and Perry Ellis, will begin phasing out any of their products that includes Australian lamb wool. Adidas, reputedly the second largest sporting goods manufacturer in the world, will also refuse to market any such products. The problem is rooted in mulesing, a cruel procedure in which Australian farmers carve chunks of skin and flesh from lambs' backsides. Mulesing is common practice in Australia as a way to reduce the incidence of flystrike on merino sheep in regions where flystrike is common. Flystrike is Myiasis which is an animal or human disease caused by parasitic dipterous fly larvae feeding on the host's living tissue. Other terms for Myiasis include "fly-strike" and "fly-blown".Adidas pledged that if they can't find wool that has not been mulesed from lambs, they will not use the wool at all. These policies have resulted from discussions with PETA. I reckon those Aussie farmers will just have to find a way to protect and treat their lambs better.

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