Following fashion week and her 1-week stint with a piece of expensive shit slung over her arm, Moe brought our attention to the atrocities committed in the manufacture of snakeskin accessories. It's not only the snakes who are getting the short end of the animal-rights sartorial stick however: Lambs are being mistreated in the manufacture of merino wool. "In Australia... production involves the controversial practice of 'mulesing', whereby lambs have the skin around their bottom areas removed to keep the area free from infection," the Telegraph reports. "Mulesing" is performed without anesthetic and tends to cause the sheep "significant discomfort." Yeah, we'd imagine getting all the skin flayed off your ass to be pretty fucking painful! To find out how your wool is being harvested, you can always check with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [Telegraph]
As someone from a country known for its sheep, and its merino wool, I have to say you have no idea what pain is until you've seen a lamb being eaten alive by wool maggots that spawned in the feces that got trapped in the poor lamb's un-mulesed haindquarters. Docking and mulesing might not be pleasant to think about, but they're a hell of a lot more humane than letting lambs get blowfly strike.