Target: Tadashi Yanai, CEO of Uniqlo
Goal: Stop selling clothes made from abused lambs.
Major clothes manufacturer and retailer Uniqlo still uses and advertises lambswool in its collections. Lambswool is obtained from a lamb’s first shearing, customarily when the animal is as young as seven months old. Shearing sheep for wool involves injuries ranging from bleeding cuts to complete amputations of their ears, udders, or other body parts. With shearers paid by quantity of wool shorn, it is not uncommon for large swaths of skin to be sheared off as well in an effort to obtain as much wool from the sheep as possible. Furthermore, reports of sheep being kicked and punched to death run rampant in the wool industry from Australia to the United States. In the case of lambswool in particular, it is fragile young lambs that are subjected to this brutal process.
Another common practice is mulesing. This involves carving out entire portions of the lambs’ skin from their hindquarters to prevent parasitic infections by blowflies called “flystrike.” This is performed without anesthetic. The only reason Merino sheep are susceptible to flystrike is because they have been bred to have more skin and wrinkles in order to produce more wool. Finally, when these sheep are no longer profitable, they are sent to slaughter.
With 14 stores around the world, Uniqlo is best known for its HeatTech thermal wear that is made from 100 percent man made materials. Considering that this warm clothing is Uniqlo’s most popular item range, why does the company continue to use the product of sheep and lamb in its other clothes? Please sign this petition and urge Uniqlo to drop wool and lambswool from its collections.
Dear Chief Executive Officer Yanai,
Despite Uniqlo’s best selling HeatTech thermal wear that is manufactured out of man made materials, your company continues to sell clothes made from lambswool. Shearing wool is a painful ordeal for sheep, with cuts and amputations being common practice. Where lambswool is concerned, this cruel process is performed on delicate 7-month-old old lambs.
Cutting out parts of the sheep and lambs’ skin on their backsides, in a process called mulesing, is also commonplace in the wool industry. Moreover, there have been numerous reports of workers beating, kicking and punching sheep while shearing them.
Consumers do not want to buy clothes made out of suffering and innocent animals and, as such reports surface, more and more consumers will turn towards companies who do not use the product of animal agony. I urge you to stop using lambswool as well as remove all wool from your collections.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Donald Macleod