PETA has uncovered cruel practices in the wool industry around the world for years. A new investigation into a farm in Australia shows just how cruel the industry is to lambs and sheep.

PETA found abuse including clipping sheep testicles without anesthetics, burning holes in lambs’ ears, and cutting and burning their tails with a knife. Lambs also experience “mulesing” where they have chunks of flesh of their hindquarters cut to address problems with breeding.

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Source: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)/Youtube

Per one former Victorian government veterinarian, “Severing tails is … an extremely painful procedure: these sheep would have felt the pain of having their spinal cord, skin, and soft tissue severed.” These practices are part of standard procedures within the wool industry.

In footage from PETA, lambs kick and scream and cry in agony.

Source: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)/Youtube

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The wool industry is focused on quantity, not quality. The speed and focus on volume in the shearing industry mean lambs aren’t treated well. According to one eyewitness, “[T]he shearing shed must be one of the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals … I have seen shearers punch sheep with their shears or their fists until the sheep’s nose bled. I have seen sheep with half their faces shorn off …”

Read more about wool and the wool industry in One Green Planet, check out these articles:

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