Group Calls for Clothing Company to Reject Wool From Mulesed Sheep
For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2012
Seoul -- Wearing nothing but lacy white lingerie, wings, and a halo and holding a sign that reads, "UNIQLO: For Heaven's Sake, Say No to Sheep Cruelty," a sexy angel from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will descend on UNIQLO's flagship store in Myeong-dong to protest the company's use of wool from Australian farmers who mutilate sheep in a practice called "mulesing." In mulesing, large chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs' backsides in a crude, cruel, and often ineffective attempt to prevent maggot infestation, while more humane and effective methods are available. Australia is the only country in the world that practices mulesing.
Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 12 noon sharp
Place: In front of UNIQLO's flagship store, 1-4F, 65-9 Chungmuro 2ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (map available at: http://www.UNIQLO.com/kr/shop/_UNIQLO_myungdong_jungang_stor.html). Outside exit 7 of Myeong-dong metro station (accessible by the blue line).
"Cutting raw flesh from baby animals' backsides is never fashionable," says PETA angel Ashley Fruno. "UNIQLO needs to clean up its image and join the growing number of big-name international companies that have implemented a ban on wool from mulesed lambs."
Mulesing often results in the maggot infestation that it aims to prevent, as the gaping, bloody wounds often become infested with the larvae before they have time to heal. Humane methods of prevention are widely available and already in use by some sheep farmers--including in Australia.
The many international companies that have moved away from wool from mulesed sheep include Muji, H&M, HUGO BOSS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, Gap Inc., Talbots, and Kukdong Corporation. And China's Sunshine Group, which is Australia's largest wool buyer, has demanded that Australian wool farmers put an end to the practice.