Mulesing is undertaken by Australian sheep farmers. It has now been banned in New Zealand.
Mulesing is when sheep, without any painkillers whatsoever, have huge chunks of skin carved away from the animals’ backsides or attach vice-grip–like clamps.
Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike (myiasis). … The scar tissue that grows over the wound does not grow wool, so is less likely to attract the flies that cause flystrike.
Mulesing is a very cruel and extremely crude attempt to create smoother skin that won’t collect moisture, but the exposed, bloody wounds often become infected or flystruck. Many sheep who have undergone the mulesing mutilation still suffer slow, agonizing deaths from flystrike. Mutilating sheep is not just cruel; it’s also ineffective.
The Australian Government has no intention of banning mulesing in Australia, with the responsibility for animal welfare resting with state governments, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.
Most people don’t understand why vegans avoid wool products. The wool industry however, doesn’t only exploit sheep, it’s also very cruel to them.
Non mulesed wool: