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« on: October 08, 2009 10:21:00 PM »

So I'm watching the "Un-Wedding Dress" episode.  One divorcee' states she wants all cruelty-free fabrics - including no wool!

Umm, sheep nowadays (for the last 500-800 years) are bred specifically to grow longer hair.  How can someone say that shearing sheep is cruel?  When they are sheared, they are more comfortable, can be dipped and have the parasites off them, don't get blown away in a high wind, and their babies can feed more easily.

While the shearing itself LOOKS harsh and careless, the shearers are VERY careful to not harm the sheep.  A scar means lower wool production in addition to a vector for disease.

To NOT shear them is the cruel thing! 


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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009 10:28:57 PM »

I'm guessing she doesn't want any animal husbandry at all to go into her textiles, which is extreme but fair enough. It's like saying a vegetarian is inhumane because the cow is already dead and they're just wasting the meat by not eating it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009 10:23:16 AM »

Yes, the concept is that any animal that is being raised or kept for human use is a slave.  I was a vegetarian for a long time, and this is a big issue.

I just wonder if she wears silk.  That's an animal product too.   Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2009 05:55:47 PM »

Does anyone know where the episode 8 thread is?  I want to discuss runway!  Epperson got the boot!  It should have been the other!

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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009 08:35:28 AM »

I just wonder if she wears silk.  That's an animal product too.   Tongue

She did specify no silk actually.

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It's not just the fact it comes from animals, sheep used for wool are often live incredibly awful lives. The most commonly raised sheep are Merinos, specifically bred to have wrinkly skin, which means more wool per animal. This unnatural overload of wool causes many sheep to collapse and even die of heat exhaustion during hot months, and the wrinkles collect urine and moisture. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. To prevent this so-called "flystrike," Australian ranchers perform a barbaric operation-called "mulesing"-where they force live sheep onto their backs, restrain their legs between metal bars, and, without any painkillers whatsoever, slice chunks of flesh from around their tail area. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that can't harbor fly eggs. Ironically, the exposed, bloody wounds themselves often get flystrike before they heal.

Within weeks of birth, lambs' ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics. Male lambs are castrated when they are between 2 and 8 weeks old, either by making an incision and cutting their testicles out or with a rubber ring used to cut off blood supply-one of the most painful methods of castration possible. Every year, hundreds of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks from exposure or starvation, and mature

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