More textile news: bye bye mulesing

In June of this year a major Australian wool supplier (Elder Limited) will start sales of specifically non-mulesed wool for foreign markets.  You may already know that Australia is scheduled to phase out mulesing by 2010, but this is a preliminary step to start identifying whether wool is coming from a mulesed sheep or a non-mulesed sheep (as part of the Australian Wool Industry’s 2007 agreement with PETA).

I’m not sure how this will translate into labeling for consumer goods, but hopefully the identification will trickle down in a clear way.  Or else those that wish to know will have to research where labels source their materials…which is an unlikely practice en masse.

For those that don’t know what mulesing is, the wikipedia article on it is decent.  It’s hard to find objective sources of information…and the subject sparks a lot of heat between consumers and producers.


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3 Responses to “More textile news: bye bye mulesing”

  1. Day #3, Come a little bit clocher « Textiles and Bicycles Says:

    […] wool for reasons beyond this (which are also completely legitimate).  I also want to note that mulesing is being phased out in Australia by 2010, which is right around the corner […]

  2. Joe Says:

    Which is a joke i might add. I think everyone supporting the ban should make their way to a farm and see what a fly blown sheep looks like. It is totally rediculous.

  3. mmmona Says:

    well then perhaps there shouldn’t be sheep in a place where they’re not native. As far as I know, flystrike is a uniquely Australian problem and is because sheep were never meant to inhabit such climates.

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