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Why Isnít Wool Vegan? The Reality Of Sheep Shearing

From Claire Hamlett, PlantBasedNews.org
September 2023

As itís a product of animal exploitation, buying, wearing, or otherwise utilizing wool is not compatible with a vegan lifestyle. Veganism is a movement against animal exploitation and all industries that use them as commodities.

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Wool isn't the cruelty-free product many of us believe it to be - Media Credit: Andrew Skowron / We Animals Media

Wool is marketed as a sustainable and ethical choice of material for clothing, bedding, and even home insulation. Since sheep do not need to be killed to be sheared, wool might at first seem like a safe option for vegans. But is this true?

As itís a product of animal exploitation, buying, wearing, or otherwise utilizing wool is not compatible with a vegan lifestyle. Veganism is a movement against animal exploitation and all industries that use them as commodities.

Wool production also comes with its own specific ethical costs, and many deem its production to be cruel. As well as causing direct harm to sheep, wool production is bound up with meat production and is far from the harmless industry weíre often told it is.

This article describes much of what you need to know about sheep farming, wool production, and why the material isnít vegan-friendly.

Topics include:

  • How are sheep farmed for wool?
  • Routine mutilations
  • Wool involves slaughter
  • Is wool cruel? Does shearing hurt sheep?
  • Can you buy ethical wool?
  • Some Vegan alternatives to wool

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