Target: UNIQLO headquarters
Goal: Stop purchasing wool from Australian farmers who mutilate their sheep.
UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing company and manufacturer, is one of the few companies that still purchases wool from mutilated sheep. In Australia, merino sheep often have large chunks of skin and flesh cut out from their backsides in order to prevent flystrike—where flies lay eggs in the folds of a sheep’s skin by their rears, where they are attracted by the moisture and urine that collects there. This practice is called mulesing and is often done without any pain relief and is mostly ineffective in preventing flystrike.
Several other clothing retailers and manufacturers have stopped purchasing their wool from Australian sources that practice mulesing, including H&M and Liz Claiborne, but UNIQLO continues to purchase their wool from those sources and refuses to take any action to change their wool sources. They are the fifth largest retailer in the world, and if they stopped purchasing wool from mutilated sheep, it would be a huge blow to the wool industry, and send a message to those sources that still practice mulesing that they need to stop their inhumane treatment of sheep.
By signing the petition below, you are asking UNIQLO to stop buying their wool from sources that still practice mulesing, and to send a message to Australian farmers who practice mulesing to use other more humane and workable options to prevent flystrike.
The practice of mulesing, or mutilating the backside of merino sheep to prevent flies from laying eggs in their skin, is an inhumane and cruel practice. There are far more humane and effective ways to prevent flystrike, but some Australian farmers continue to practice mulesing and you continue to purchase wool from these sources.
Many other clothing retailers and manufactures, including H&M and Liz Claiborne, have agreed to stop purchasing wool from sources that still practice mulesing. You are the fifth largest retailer in the world, and if you agree to stop purchasing wool from sources that practice mulesing, you will be sending a message to those sources that they need to change their practices to be more humane, or risk losing out on a lot of business.
I am asking you to stop purchasing wool from sources that practice mulesing. Show those farmers that your company does not stand for inhumane mutilation, and join other companies in a stand against sheep mutilation.
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