Urge J.Crew to Stop Selling Cruelly Obtained Australian Wool

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Originally Posted: 1 Nov 2010

Urge J.Crew to Stop Selling Cruelly Obtained Australian Wool

[Ed. Note: All-Creatures.org urges people to NOT wear wool, period, regardless of the source or processes involved in production.]

FROM  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Please take a moment to write to J.Crew President Jenna Lyons and urge the company to source only nonmulesed wool.

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Jenna Lyons, President, J.Crew
One Ivy Crescent
Lynchburg, VA 24513-1001
phone (800) 562-0258
fax (434) 385-5750

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Despite knowing about the cruel mulesing mutilation of lambs used for wool in Australia, J.Crew is turning a blind eye to consumer demands and cruelty to animals by continuing to sell products made from Australian wool.


This raw and bloody wound was deliberately inflicted upon this merino lamb, without anesthetic, in a barbaric practice known as "mulesing" which involves farmers slicing huge chunks of flesh from lambs backsides without any painkillers. This routine and large scale flaying of young animals is unheard of anywhere else in the world.
This photo was taken by Patty Mark of Animal Liberation Victoria

Tens of millions of lambs in Australia are mutilated every year with gardening shears or clips in a crude and cruel attempt to reduce the risk of a maggot infestation called "flystrike." After the mutilation, the distressed lambs are often unable to stand for days, and when they are finally able to do so, they often move sideways (as crabs do) in order to abate the pain. Humane—and superior—alternatives to mulesing are available and in use by farmers in New Zealand and in some parts of Australia.

Australian Wool Innovation and other industry stakeholders have made it clear that they will not end mulesing anytime soon, so the responsibility now lies with retailers such as J.Crew to send a clear message to the Australian wool industry that responsible companies do not want their brands associated with the Australian wool industry's cruelty. Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Perry Ellis, HUGO BOSS, Liz Claiborne, Next, Adidas, Gap Inc., and other companies have pledged to move away from or have implemented an outright ban on wool from mulesed lambs. Although PETA has reached out to J.Crew numerous times about this important issue, the company appears to have only increased its use of Australian merino wool.

Retailers around the world are demanding that the Australian wool industry join the 21st century and end the barbaric mulesing mutilations, but J.Crew has yet to take action on this urgent issue.


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