Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

by , 11/24/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Sustainable darling Alicia Silverstone’s popular blog The Kind Life is asking for readers to boycott wool this-and every- winter. Supported by a revealing video released by PETA, Silverstone writes about the grim truth behind wool, a painful process that often slices off sheep body parts along with wool. Pushing PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter, Silverstone wants consumers, and retailers, to take the wool-free pledge.

As Silverstone says, most of us imagine sheep shearing as the animals getting a sort of a hair cut. But PETA’s video reveals that greedy shearers are so careless when cutting wool that they often buzz off painful parts of the animal. Wool is paid for by volume, so this pushes the shearers to work as quickly as possibly.

Completely unconcerned for the sheep’s well-being, many shearers were shown roughly shaving the sheep- cutting off ears, teats, tails and testicles along with the wool. The bloody wounds are simply sewn up with regular, unsterilized needle and thread. As if this practice wasn’t enough, many of the videos showed dominant shearers abusing sheep unnecessarily, with kicks and punches while shearing their wool.

Wool may be warm, but it is also cruel, and coated with chemicals during the supply chain process, according to the animal-rights group. Sheep area also a contributing factor to climate change, requiring extensive grasslands to munch on which leads to deforestation, as well as contributing to methane emissions.

Instead of wool, Silverstone suggests organic cotton, linen, recycled polyester fleece or lyocell for a keeping warm sans cruelty.

+ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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3 Responses to “Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter Pledge”

  1. karmas.laugh says:

    I don’t understand. What is the sheep supposed do if the wool isn’t removed? The fleece becomes matted and they can’t move. For the sheep to live a healthy life they have to have their ‘hair’ trimmed. What’s is your suggestion? Why not find ways to fine people that mistreat the animals instead, because you do realize, you’ll cause harm to the animals by this campaign.
    What are workers that work in the elements supposed to wear? The people that get wet and cold? Most of the world doesn’t live in California so we experience true cold.
    Find a working solution to your problem and let us know.

  2. jupe says:

    Woah, this is super irresponsible. It is incredibly inhumane not to shear wool sheep.

    I’m against big bu$ine$$ farming as much as the next eco-friendly gal, but to paint all sheep shearers as a negative act, is reprehensible and just plain ignorant. Sheering the sheep is a basic part of sheep care.

    California is the largest wool-producing state in the US. Sheep producers/ranchers here care about their sheep, as do the shearers. If shearers are rough, they soon find themselves out of work, because it’s bad for the wool producer, it’s bad for the sheep and it’s bad business.

    If anything we should be protesting /bad/ sheerers and big industrial sheep ranchers, not boycotting all wool. We don’t stop buying local, organic because Monsanto sucks. Likewise, we shouldn’t stop supporting small flock sheep because big industrial sheep ranchers suck.

  3. zyxomma says:

    Not all sheep are treated this way. I’ve bought yarn from a farm that has ethical certification, and not all shearers engage in mulesing. What does Alicia recommend for cold winters? Polyester? Plastic is neither ethical nor sustainable. Most of my wool is vintage. The two modern wool pieces I wear are certified organic, and I’m assured the animals were treated well. I can’t get through a NYC winter (let alone go winter hiking) without wool (and silk to wear beneath it). Health and peace.

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