Angora Wool

Many people love the look and feel of angora wool. Most people however would be appalled to find out how their lovely angora sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves were made.

Most animals used in our society for human consumption – be that in the meat, fashion or entertainment industries – are neglected,  ignored – treated as property.  Often they are unnecessarily abused as well. They rarely, if ever, receive veterinary treatment when they need it. They often go without food and even without water.

And these are just the basics that all creatures need.  Animals need enrichment and to socialize. Farm animals rarely are treated humanely even on so called ‘humane farms’.

Are you ready to see how angora rabbits are treated?  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently did an investigation in the UK and here is what they found:

If this upsets you, you can do something! Stop buying angora wool! Stop buying any wool.

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No animal should be treated in this way.  No animal should be left in a cage by itself. No animal’s injuries should ever be ignored.

Not every angora rabbit in this industry has it this bad, but they all suffer.  Ask yourself is it worth it for a piece of clothing?




Sheep Shearing


The business of sheep shearing is just awful. I almost bought a pair of wool gloves at a local artsy store I love. Other items were made from recycled wool (the only kind of wool I will buy from now on) and I assumed that the gloves were too. But when I asked the woman who was working there, she said they were not made of recycled wool.

So, lovely as they were, I put them back on the shelves.

I will not support this cruel industry any longer:

It’s easy not to participate in what our culture calls ‘normal’ when you know what it costs the animals. You can help too-don’t buy wool and educate others on the reality these animals face.

The Wool Truth


Just as with dairy, we often don’t think about the animals we use who aren’t killed for our use as having particularly terrible lives when in reality, they very often have it worse off for not being killed.

I learned more about the practice of sheep shearing and also of mulesing shortly after I purchased a large woolen rug for my home last fall.

I knew wool came from shearing sheep of course, but I thought that getting that wool was a simple and painless process for the animal. I thought it might even be a good thing in that it would keep them cooler in hotter climes, when in reality, I learned that sheep in a natural setting do not grow more wool than they need.

When I learned how these sweet animals are treated in order for us to get wool, I vowed not to buy it anymore.

Mulesing, for those of you who don’t know, is a process done to remove the wool and cut off skin from the buttock areas of the sheep to prevent a disease called flystrike.  It is often, if not usually, done without anaesthesia. The resulting pain can last for days.

Read more here about mulesing:

Though it continues to be practiced, it is not recommended by the RSPCA of Australia, who produce much of the wool we use. They recommend alternatives in this article:

I have also read horrific stories about sheep genitals or faces being shorn right off during shearing, stories which haunt me.

No clothing is worth that kind of suffering.