April 15, 2012

AN ANIMAL rights group has renewed calls to end the industry practice of stripping skin from sheep, with a protest in Brisbane.

Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific, dressed as sheep, braved rain in Brisbane’s main square yesterday to speak out against mulesing.

Mulesing refers to the removal of skin from a sheep’s rear end to prevent flystrike, a potentially fatal condition involving maggot infestation.

PETA Asia-Pacific campaign co-ordinator Claire Fryer said it was a barbaric form of mutilation, carried out on millions of sheep, often with no pain relief.

”It’s not carried out anywhere else in the world,” she said. ”New Zealand banned it years ago, and 20 per cent of Australian farmers have already banned it voluntarily.”

Ms Fryer said the Australian wool industry had reneged on a pledge to ban mulesing and called on the federal government to step in. ”We are asking the government now to take matters into their own hands and enact a ban on it,” she said.

Australian Wool Growers Association chairman Shane Edwards said sheep that undergo mulesing were better off than those that did not.

”The mulesing process is only taken out to assist the sheep to be protected from flystrike,” he said. ”And until such time as the scientific world would be able to come up with an alternative, the wool industry or the sheep industry has no choice but to carry on mulesing for the best welfare of their animals.”

Mr Edwards rejected alternatives suggested by PETA, including increased monitoring of the sheep to prevent flystrike and shearing around the animals’ rears.

He said the former method was too costly and the latter was even more painful to sheep than mulesing. “So is he saying that shearing is also painful for the sheep?”

Mr Edwards said another alternative, breeding sheep with barer rears, was being researched but was far from implementation.

”It is happening but you can’t, in one generation, breed the bare breech for the entire national flock,” he said. ”It would probably take 10 generations, minimum.”

The federal Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig, has been approached for comment on this issue.

Read morehttp://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/animals/activists-flock-to-cbd-to-protest-at-mulesing-20120414-1x0qs.html#ixzz1uU68rTSD

Read what Compassion in World Farming think of muesling:-http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/sheep_farming/delay_to_mulesing_ban.aspx

Read what PETA have to say & sign the petition:-http://blog.peta.org.uk/2012/04/peta-kicks-uniqlos-butt-over-cruel-sheep-mulesing/

“The man in the video below, is trying to make people believe that the sheep don’t mind this procedure & that it doesn’t hurt them….I think not! What if people started to castrate their own animals & chop off their tails… similar to what happens in the video…Seriously, they wouldn’t be allowed to because it would be deemed as animal abuse…WHICH IS A CRIME!!!”

 “If this farmer is willing to show this as evidence of what he thinks is a good normal procedure, one that the sheep don’t mind…. I dread to think how others carry it out!. No anesthetic for the sheep, not even using a basic sterilizer or antiseptic to wash or dip the clippers between sheep, along with no after care etc… I simply can’t believe anyone can watch the video below & say its ok & that the sheep don’t mind.

“No wonder infection is rampant, I am shocked to see the clippers not cleaned in, or dipped with disinfectant etc between each poor victim. It’s also shocking to see how fast they do this, without a care in the world for the sheep…I’m mortified to think that the farmer thinks this is ok!”

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This mulesing footage came from an Australian farmer hoping to prove that mulesing is humane. Watch the footage, and judge for yourself.