Wendy / PETA.org writes:
I thought you might be interested in the letter that Morrissey has just fired off on PETA Asia's behalf to Tokyo-based international clothing retailer Uniqlo. As you can see from the letter below, Moz—who finished up his Japanese tour today—is asking Uniqlo to follow the lead of H&M, Gap Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, and the other companies who have moved away from using wool from Australian farmers who mutilate sheep in a practice called "mulesing," in which large chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs' backsides in a crude, cruel, and ineffective attempt to prevent maggot infestation.
"Years ago, I wrote a song called 'Meat Is Murder', and today I'm tempted to write a follow-up called 'Mulesing Is Misery,'" writes Morrissey. "Australia [is] the only country in the world that still clings to this cruel and barbaric abomination. Won't you please join the many international companies that have implemented a ban on wool from mulesed lambs?"
Morrissey's letter follows and is also available here.
Dear Mr Yanai,
On behalf of my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia, I am writing to ask you to put an end to Uniqlo's use of wool from Australian farmers who persist in mutilating sheep using a technique called "mulesing" in order to prevent a maggot infestation known as "flystrike". Flystrike-prevention methods that don't involve maiming animals are available and in use by some sheep farmers.
Years ago, I wrote a song called "Meat Is Murder", and today I'm tempted to write a follow-up called "Mulesing Is Misery". Shears are used to cut huge chunks of skin and flesh from lambs' backsides with little to no painkillers. The idea is to create a smooth scar that will not collect urine and faeces, which attract flies, but the gaping, bloody wounds often become infested with maggots before they have time to heal. Moreover, humane options do exist, and a number of Australian wool farmers have already stopped mulesing and instead have simply improved their husbandry practices, including crutching and jetting more frequently, closely monitoring sheep during fly season and breeding bare-breech sheep. New Zealand farmers did away with mulesing nearly a decade ago, leaving Australia as the only country in the world that still clings to this cruel and barbaric abomination.
Won't you please join the many international companies that have implemented a ban on wool from mulesed lambs? China's Sunshine Group, which is Australia's largest wool buyer, has demanded that Australian wool growers put an end to mulesing, citing increasing requests from clients that it provide products made from the wool of sheep who weren't mulesed.
I hope to hear from you soon that Uniqlo will buy wool only from farmers who have stopped mutilating sheep altogether.
Thank you for your time and consideration.