Tuesday 25 October 2016

VIDEO - WARNING: Harrowing footage of animal cruelty on a wool farm

Sasha Brady

Published 19/08/2015 | 15:53

Retailer Patagonia and designer Stella McCartney have severed ties with wool supplier after PETA video highlights animal cruelty on Ovis 21 farm.

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Wool isn’t associated with animal cruelty in the same way fur or leather is but this PETA video appears to show animal mistreatment on a wool farm in the Ovis 21 network.

The harrowing footage shows workers hacking into fully conscious lambs, skinning them alive,slitting their throats and cutting their tails while the lambs scream and gasp.

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Workers on the Argentina-based farm are also seen punching sheep in the face and kicking them in scenes of abuse and neglect.

Retailer Patagonia, with an Irish store on Dublin’s Exchequer Street, has released a statement confirming that they have severed ties with the Ovis 21 network in light of witnessing this“horrifying mistreatment”.

“It is impossible to ensure immediate changes to objectionable practices on Ovis 21 ranches,and we have therefore made the decision that we will no longer buy wool from them. This is a difficult decision, but it’s the right thing to do.”

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Designer Stella McCartney, lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist, has declared in an Instagram post that she will no longer use wool from Ovis 21.

Only one of 26 ranches used by Ovis 21 was involved, but McCartney says that "is one too many."

"I am devastated by the news but more determined than ever to fight for animal rights in fashion and monitor even more closely all suppliers involved in this industry," she wrote.

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