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VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED WATCH PART 2 ASWEL! PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) videos have no copyright on. Animal rights charity Peta is best known for its naked anti-fur stunts, 'I wanted to show you something,' and showed Beyoncé a video of raccoon dogs being anally electrocuted. The day we meet, Newkirk's colleagues in London are discussing .. This makes mulesed sheep less susceptible to flystrike. ABC Radio National - Background Briefing: 6 March - PETA and the . When Background Briefing went to meet Ian McLachlan, it was in a Mr McLachlan sat down to show me a video of why mulesing was necessary.
I have no doubt that it will be very expensive. But on the other hand, we might get a lot of that back. If PETA are doing things that are illegal and they cost people who export wool from this country money, then we would expect that we would be able to eventually effectively sue them.
Twelve months ago, not many people knew about mulesing. This is why people should not wear Australian wool, according to this group of United States consumers, or whatever.
When PETA launched the boycott of Australian wool late last year, she came out to Australia to put her case and she found herself on the 60 Minutes program in a heated confrontation with Ian McLachlan.
Everything has to change as people open their eyes and their hearts and their minds.
ABC Radio National - Background Briefing: 6 March - PETA and the Wool
Well let me just finish. And then, at the end of this exchange, a surprise.
Stepping out of the shadows, a man served a writ on Ms Newkirk, summonsing her to appear in the Federal Court. I have an application in the Federal Court of Australia. And while Ingrid Newkirk might have been surprised by the writ, so too were many woolgrowers.
This is the 60 Minutes interview? Now that in my view was not handled well. Well not until it became public knowledge, no. So it was a surprise to you? Yes, I think it was to a lot of people. He thought he was General Macarthur, McLachlan, charging up the beach waiting for all the sheep to come bleating behind.
You know, he thought this whole industry was going to agree with him. Now what do we do? Ian McLachlan might have started out on a South Australian sheep farm in the s, but his later career has been all about the big battles. Mr McLachlan, very nice to meet you. Wendy, how are you? Good to see you. Committee meetings today and board meeting up here tonight, so … Wendy Carlisle: Before we began our interview, Mr McLachlan sat down to show me a video of why mulesing was necessary.
This is a bigger issue, because somebody wants to actually take livestock off the land. I think they describe it as carving the flesh off the rear of a sheep. And one of the reasons it was least believed, no doubt, is that they put around exaggerations, which happen to suit their cause, like that one. I mean you do not take the flesh off the sheep.
AWI has claimed that mulesing is a veterinary surgical procedure. Well that might be what you think. John Mules invented the thing, and he called it the mules operation.
Fashion chains threaten Australian wool boycott
After live exports hit the headlines following the Cormo Express, international animal rights groups really started to pay attention to Australia and farmers started to sit up and take notice. They formed their own industry task force to deal with the animal activists. I have no doubt that other people will join the action. The meat industry, for example.
How the wool industry has undercut itself on mulesing
Are they kicking in any money? Farmers have their backs to the wall. The best sheep money is in the small micron, high quality fibres that end up in the fine Italian suits, which are from the sort of merinos you find at the auctions at Mudgee, in New South Wales. Morning, and welcome here to the 15th annual merino Mudgee ram show and sale.
Quiet everybody, And now ladies and gentlemen, the first of the day, the first of the Merryvale draft… Wendy Carlisle: I can see a very good advertising campaign on that line.
A clean set of underwear for every sheep, every day. I really doubt that we have much chance of winning. Wal, can you show me some of the sheep that you sold today, the merinos?
This is our top price. Wal Merriman is one of the most successful merino breeders in the country. And you sold them today. Did you get a good price? Oh no, the prices are back, pretty wool. Depends how you read the Statutory Funding Agreement. How do you read it? How much money is going to be committed to this action, do you know?
Is it as much as say has been spent on researching alternatives to mulesing over the years? Did you decide to join the action? Oh well, reasons of theirs. Did you want to go in it? No, our partnership decided against it. They did some research and found out that PETA had been warning AWI for 12 months that a boycott was looming, yet as ordinary woolgrowers they knew nothing about it until Abercrombie and Fitch announced they would join it.
Door slamming Wendy Carlisle: Chick Ollson is one of them, and when Background Briefing met him on his old family farm just outside of Goulburn, he was keen to say that characterising PETA as extremist was missing the point. What have we got to lose?
And I feel that we have to find some common ground in between now and We both fundamentally agree with the end of mulesing, so what happens between now and ? Can we find common ground?
If we can we get some breathing space, and we can get on with selling wool. Wool especially is returning about 0. So if the industry does decline further, I mean will PETA be to blame or will the industry itself be to blame? They know about everything else except wool: Are you expecting someone to ride in to save the industry?
Farmers are now spooked by the arrival of animal welfare. It is this serious, because when you go to the other end of industry, nobody is going to reinvest capital money in a wool processing industry.BREAKING: Sheep Beaten, Kicked, Cut, and Thrown Around in Scotland
So it has shocked the world that this practice is happening in a Western country which espouses animal welfare to the world, and clean and green and all those images, we suddenly have blood on our hands in the world view. Australian wool promotion ad: Australian woolgrowers… Wendy Carlisle: In Australia this year, million lambs will be mulesed.
And without this, up to 3-million sheep could die from blowfly strike. And I blame sore tails a lot on contractors, because they came around there like that, whereas I take four or five cuts to do the tail, so therefore people like to get big numbers.
The British Retail Consortium said it was "disappointed" at the announcement. After this date, they will seek to use suppliers who don't use mulesing — even if pain relief is provided. Without it "up to three million sheep a year could die a slow and agonising death".
Clip mulesing has recently been introduced, where tight plastic clips cut off the blood supply to the sheep's skin around the buttocks causing the flesh to eventually fall off. But this, while said to be less painful, is still not acceptable to retailers.
The industry is looking at a genetic solution, breeding wrinkles out of the sheep to produce lambs with a smooth, wool-free backside, known as "bare breech". Italy is Europe's leading importer. One major Chinese importer, the Sunshine Group, has now demanded an end to mulesing, threatening Australia's status and offering opportunities to wool producers in South Africa, South America and New Zealand, — where the practise is not used. If it does not meet the deadline retailers around the world can be expected to take action by sourcing wool elsewhere," said Poorva Joshipura, Peta's European director of special projects.
AWI has said it has no power to impose the deadline, which was unlikely to be reached for "welfare reasons, based on scientific grounds", and that sheep would suffer as a result. The industry remained "committed", however, to phasing out mulesing. In the meantime, significant welfare advances had been made to lessen discomfort for the lambs, with clips, anaesthesia and in the surgical practise of mulesing, it said. Sheep are susceptible to the Lucilia cuprina blowfly, attracted to urine and faeces caught in the fleece around the buttocks.
Heavily wrinkled Merino sheep are particularly vulnerable.