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www.efficiency1st.org • View topic - Wool growers have nothing to fear from PETA

Wool growers have nothing to fear from PETA

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Wool growers have nothing to fear from PETA

Postby Baa Braa on 30 Dec 2008 23:25

Woolgrowers have nothing to fear from the now highly delinquent PETA campaign against the Australian wool industry. The PETA campaign is currently in a shambles having been driven underground by action from wool industry players and rejected by most major retailers. A concerted effort by a number of independent groups within the Australian wool industry has successfully neutered the effectiveness of the PETA campaign against mulesing. As a co-founder and spokesman on the mulesing issue for the Australian activist group Efficiency1st.org I would like to detail the current situation re mulesing from our perspective.

Efficiency1st.org was founded in June of 2008 with its first campaign being the meat eaters unite campaign aimed at reversing the success of PETA’s anti- mulesing campaign. The Efficiency1st.org campaign was a positively focused , consumer driven , email activism campaign, calling on Adidas and Hugo Boss to use more mulesed Australian wool . PETA had claimed that both Adidas and Hugo Boss had ceased using Australian mulesed wool. Correspondence between Efficiency1st.org and both companies discovered that neither company had in fact done anything of the sort. The Efficiency1st.org campaign continued with a small number of consumers continuing to urge the companies to use more Australian wool. The campaign utilised the National Carbon Accounting Toolbox to highlight the reality that ceasing mulesing would likely contribute an extra 50,000 kilograms of carbon into the atmosphere annually through increased carbon emissions in conjunction with the additional chemical usage that would be required. The campaign also highlighted the fundamentalist and extremist position of PETA in relation to animal rights advocacy. Efficiency1st.org was not the only organisation involved in this fight and the victory over PETA for the wool industry came with the announcement by the US National Retail Federation in early August 2008 that they would continue to use Australian wool after the 2010 deadline simply because there were no other alternate sources of wool supply. This effectively meant the end of the 2010 deadline.
Since that time the PETA campaign has been effectively over and woolgrowers will note that PETA have not made any public claims of success since that time, their anti mulesing campaign has now been driven underground and out of the public arena. We at Efficiency1st.org eagerly await another opportunity to draw attention to the negative consequences for the environment of an end to mulesing. We see any campaign by PETA as an opportunity to sell more Australian wool by highlighting the sustainable basis of wool production, its unparalleled role in providing for the needs of consumers and its potential role in carbon sequestration. We are also very keen to expose the hypocrisy of any high profile supporters of the PETA campaign. We believe that our previous consumer led campaign certainly played a role in the decision by retailers to move away from the PETA position. We are at times deeply disappointed to see some wool industry representatives effectively supporting PETA by continuing to talk up the need to stop mulesing in 2010.

The current state of play for the wool industry is that no growers need to stop mulesing by 2010. Those growers who have stopped mulesing will be able to seek a premium for their wool in the market. If consumers express a preference for unmulesed wool then that premium will appear and grow and over time more unmulesed wool will be produced, however the negative welfare consequences of stopping mulesing could also become apparent in the future, thereby reducing any premium available.

Mulesing with pain relief is an option for some growers, however the adoption of pain relief must again be driven by economic benefits such as increased productivity or demonstrated market premiums. All livestock producers should be aware that if pain relief became essential for mulesing it would quickly be required for many other everyday procedures on the farm, increasing costs and decreasing food and fibre supply. An alliance between radical activist groups and multinational chemical corporations is a fearful thought for all livestock producers. Efficiency1st.org have described the use of pain relief on sheep as immoral at a time when more than 75,000 women die in childbirth each year due to a lack of pain relief according to a World Health Organisation report.

In the future, the focus of the wool industry should be to continue to work towards a genetic alternative to mulesing, which is the only acceptable alternative from a moral, environmental, economic and animal welfare perspective. This will take some time but once again will be driven by the premium available for unmulesed wool in the market place as well as the convenience and efficiency gains for wool producers attained by reducing labour and marginal costs of production.
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