Australia: Stop Your Cruel, Barbaric Treatment of Gentle and Innocent Sheep

Target: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke.

Goal: Ask the Australian government to put an end to the brutal mutilation of innocent sheep.

Australia may be known for its scenic beauty and unique wildlife such as koala bears, however, there is a grotesque practice that happens on farms everyday involving the brutal mutilation of innocent sheep.  Without the benefit of a single drop of anesthesia or pain killers, farmers lay the sheep down and slice off big chunks of their backsides, while the sheep scream in pain.  This is done for a simple reason: profits.

These sheep provide much of the world’s merino wool supply and are bred to have excessively wrinkly skin, which is susceptible to maggot infestations or “flystrike”.  This procedure, called mulesing, is carried out while placing the lamb or young sheep in restraint and using metal shears to cut away excess wrinkled skin in the animal’s rump area, sometimes down to the top of its hind legs.  The tail is also docked and the remaining stump is skinned.  The reason for this practice is to create smoother skin (by pulling the wrinkled skin tight over the wound) and thus, prevent flystrike.  The sad truth is that mulesing has not been proven to consistently reduce flystrike. In many cases, the sheep still suffer from flystrike and even worse, infection from the bloody wounds.The Australian government does not require any anesthesia or painkillers to be used during this procedure.  The mulesed animals are typically released and left on their own to heal – which usually takes several weeks.

There are better alternatives to mulesing.  Farmers can breed sheep with less wrinkly skin and can apply a combination of diet regulation and/or spray washing to reduce flystrike.  In addition, there are methods such as applying topical protein-based treatments to tighten skin in the breach area, biological control of flies, and plastic clips that help tighten skin – all of which are equally, if not more effective.

It’s time to speak up against this barbaric practice.  Sign this petition to send a message to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke asking the government to approve a timeline to end mulesing.  You can also go to Australia’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SeeAustralia) and post a comment asking them to stop this cruel practice.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Prime Minister Gillard and Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke,

Australia is home to beautiful beaches, amazing wilderness, and the great outback.  However, the cruel practice of mulesing that involves mutilation of innocent sheep needs to stop.  Mulesing may be a low cost method of increasing wool supply and reducing flystrike infections, however, it has not been proven to be consistently effective.  It also inflicts horrific suffering on these gentle and innocent animals that have no voice to speak out against this cruelty.

These sheep provide a large quantity of the world’s merino wool supply, however, other countries such as South Africa that produce merino wool do not use this practice. Reliable research that has been proven effective in combating flystrike – topical protein-based treatments that tighten skin in the breach area, biological control of the flies, and plastic clips on the sheep’s skin folds that help remove the skin in a more humane manner – have been by-passed because of their higher cost.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

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8 Comments

  1. Helene Brigden says:

    I think some people like to see animals suffer, it gives them a thrill, a smile on their ugly face and a warm jolt in their frozen heart.

  2. Your petition is very inaccurate. Firstly, Koalas are NOT bears and should never be described as such. There is no better alternatives to mulesing yet available, if there was they would be used. Mulesing IS done with pain relief, a very good product called Trisolfin and done correctly the wound is healed in days NOT weeks. And the breeding of wrinkle-free sheep is occurring but is likely to take many generations before a satisfactory percentage have bare breaches to eliminate the need for mulesing. After recent public campaigns pressured the wool industry the result only left another generation of producers assured that mulesing at this point in time is essential for the welfare of wool sheep in Australia.

  3. Peter Deelen says:

    Even though another one of those awful people that Australians The bastards!!!!!!!!

  4. This inhumane practice needs to be stopped now, let do this same practice on the ones doing this to these innocent animals that don’t harm anyone. I pray God gets these people that do these humane things to God’s creature…

  5. Cynthia dsouza says:

    Wish I could could slaughter these fucking people

  6. I think everyone should participate not to buy wool.Ban the wool and leather products not only from Aussie also from China.

  7. Andrea Jones says:

    This is one of the sickest things I’ve ever seen!! There’s no proven point for it either!! Those poor lambs must be in so much pain?! Stop this sadistic procedure and treat your animals a million times better!!

  8. When will be that everyone will wake up from this deep sleep, and realize that the entire ecosystem is unique and that all depend on everyone and everything, man is walking the opposite of what should be done, and it drags the centuries, the esra sick planet today, all human beings generate bad energy, if all observe the minimum that is going out of his line of comfort, everyone will realize that in this way the next will be able to be you guys, I want to tell everyone that you guys distanced themselves from their essences, and thus spreading the caus planetary, sometimes I even wonder how much is enough for a human being can be happy with their financial gain or material possessions, will be that the human being has not yet discovered his ability to create the things without having to cultivate the hatred pain, suffering, when that will be will understand that this energy generated because of a simple paper, called currency, can cause many negative effects, not only for the planet and also for all beings living on earth whatever it is, the land today I classify as a large ship, everyone wants to own and operate, and this factor that this great ship today, I can say that it is the drift and a sea cavitating , everyone has to understand that no one can be the owner of anyone and not so little say in being the owner of something, everyone has to understand that this planet we take nothing not be the life we ​​live, it will be your learning, so I hope everyone begin to evolve these spirits that within each of you, after all are light and that light is inside this matter here in the land just to feel and esperimentar, and learn to come back and not be stuck here forever coming back, coming back, and back to avoid the suffering of all the Akashic memory, I mean that we are all son of a creator, and I want you to know that he put in all in their DNA, fillets or DNA code of the ability to think, the ability to create, the ability to heal, and most important of all the thread or the DNA code, the ability of LOVE, all form a whole, and together where everyone is at this moment that this planet, all this capability, then, everyone has to wake up from this deep sleep and live the truth, the eyes are made to see, and with it enable the mind to reason, never let your eyes to think through your mind, so I want everyone to understand that the televisions are with all this way of thinking and thus the televisions do all these rulers act as they want, I hope everyone dispertem if this does not happen there will be no one energetic change, so I can say that we will probably go for a cosmic reset so the MT will be released this planet that became a prison, which is generating so negative pure energy, the time is now and worth the research. Maktub.

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