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« on: August 27, 2006 12:52:21 PM »

i am a vegan and i don't want to take part in cruelty to sheep (here's a link http://www.savethesheep.com/ ), so i was wondering if anyone knows of a brand that sales wool and is humane to the sheep? i thought maybe brown sheep co. but i don't know.
any ideas would be great!
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006 01:41:09 PM »

Have you done a search on craftster? There have been other threads on this topic that probably have the info you're looking for. Also, other options include cotton, soy, seaweed, silk and bamboo yarns.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006 02:00:07 PM »

There was a post about this a little while ago and someone produced a link to different wool companies that are 'sheep friendly'. Can't recall it at the moment, but if no-one has found it when I get back from work, I'll have another look.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006 02:36:10 PM »

oh, great question!  I'm eager to hear people's answers!  This was actually one of the reasons that I started spinning.  I get all my fiber from 3 farm sactuaries and 2 family farms so I can say it's humane but I'd love to know about commercial yarn companies! 

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006 02:36:31 PM »

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13227.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50506.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40201.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33444.0

These threads are probably good reads for you.  I think the gist is mostly that first, there's a lot of discussion about what is and is not cruel to sheep, whether non-wool yarns are really better for the environment, and that the ethics of both these questions are something each person will have to decide for themselves, but that a real alternative for most people is to find spinners who are getting their yarn from documented sources, probably mostly local farmers, etc., who are, well, nice to their sheep, or in some cases, from those families themselves, as they may have a raise, shear, spin operation going. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006 03:11:42 PM »

http://www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com/

That website is a farm in WI that specializes in handspun yarn from their humanely treated sheep.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2006 11:05:24 AM »

thanks for the links!
it seems like the only thing to do really is to by wool from small companies and farmers....
i found a couple places that look so if anyone wants links just tell me.
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