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5/05/2005

 
TIMBERLAND ANNOUNCES IT WILL NO LONGER BUY CRUELLY OBTAINED AUSTRALIAN WOOL

PETA Applauds Outdoor Outfitters Decision to Shun Wool From Lambs Mutilated on Australian Farms

Portsmouth, N.H. After reviewing video footage showing the stunningly cruel treatment of sheep at the hands of the Australian wool industry, Stratham-based retailer Timberland has told PETA that it will not knowingly sell products which contain Australian merino wool until the practice of mulesing and live exports stop. Timberland is a $152 million company with 200 retail locations around the world, with boots that have been referenced in countless songs by artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Nas, and The Game.

Mulesing is a painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to slice chunks of skin and flesh from lambs backsideswithout any painkillersin a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist. Every year, millions of aging Australian sheep are shipped to the Middle East in open-decked ships through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste, on journeys that take weeks. Sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines. When the survivors reach the Middle East, their throats are slit while they are still conscious.

The way to Aussie farmers hearts is through their wallets, says PETA Campaign Coordinator Matt Rice. With the help of companies like Timberland, were showing the Australian wool industry that whats good for lambs bottoms is also good for the bottom line.

For more information and to see a video of these abusive practices, please visit PETAs Web site PETAWorld.com.




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