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15 March 2000 Issue
The Artist Opposes Wool

One of the latest CDs for The Artist (formerly known as Prince) has the following statement from him featured on the inside CD cover written over a photo of a jacket he's wearing. It's the only thing on the page so CD buyers can't miss it..............

"If this jacket were real wool, it would have taken 7 lambs whose lives would have begun like this...........

Within weeks of their birth their ears would have been hole-punched, their tails chopped off, and the males would have been castrated while fully conscious. Extremely high rates of mortality are considered normal : 20-40% of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks; 8 million mature sheep die every year from disease, exposure, or neglect. Many people believe that shearing helps animals who would otherwise be too hot. But in order to avoid losing any wool, ranchers shear sheep before they would naturally shed their winter coats, resulting in millions of sheep deaths from exposure to the cold.

Respect all of God's creatures.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than the life of a human being"

-- Mohandas Gandhi

'Cherish the Gift of Life & Rave un2 the Joy Fantastic'

Source: FARM <farm@farmusa.org>

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