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PETA Restarting their old campaign

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PETA Restarting their old campaign

Postby Baa Braa on 20 Apr 2010 17:35

Press Release 19th April 2010

Executive director of conservative activist group Efficiency1st Mr Charlie McCowen has slammed the decision by PETA to write to Australian Minister for Agriculture Mr Tony Bourke asking him to legislate a timetable for the phase out of mulesing in Australia. Mr McCowen said that the decision by PETA was clear evidence that PETA was desperate to bring their failed campaign against the Australian wool industry to a quiet end. Mr McCowen pointed out that since an Efficiency1st campaign launched in July of 2008 aimed at countering PETA’s biased misinformation campaign against the Australian wool industry PETA had not made any public efforts to continue their campaign. The PETA campaign was immediately driven underground and had failed to make any progress with consumers from that time forward, There has been no price increasing demand for unmulesed wool in the intervening 18 months. The Efficiency1st campaign had focused on the increases in carbon emissions that would occur from a phase out of mulesing. This amounted to more than 50,000 kilograms per year of unnecessary carbon emissions just from the extra time that would be required in shearing and crutching, and did not include the environmental and emissions costs of using and transporting the additional chemicals which PETA are pressing the wool industry to adopt. Furthermore PETA has removed their campaign from the official PETA website and thus disassociated themselves from the anti mulesing campaign until now. The press release of 16th April was the first public statement by PETA on this issue in more than 18 months Mr McCowen said.

The PETA campaign has been a failure, Australian wool growers have nothing to fear from PETA.

As to the detail of the revamped PETA demands Mr McCowen said that he was not worried that PETA had finally resurrected their campaign in demanding that minister Bourke phase out mulesing within 2 years. Mr McCowen said that the minister would be a fool indeed if he agreed to this ultimatum. The previous agreement by AWI was a stupid decision and was thankfully and predictably reversed by the new board.

Mulesing is not cruel and we know that we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by keeping this practise in place, the industry was never going to meet that deadline.

Additionally we know that millions of people around the world are kept warm and safe by wool products every year, this also contributed to a reduction in greenhouse gases by lowering heating costs, wool truly is THE FIBRE for the 21st century and its production and consumption must be encouraged by people around the world. PETA are out of step with the current needs of society and should be ignored. Efficiency1st is satisfied that wool production is being carried out to the highest standards of animal welfare and any pressure to stop mulesing will put the lives and well being of sheep at risk from cruel fly strike, PETA just don’t seem capable of understanding the risks of cruelty that their extremist demands would expose sheep to, if they were implemented.

Efficiency1st is also committed to stopping the use of pain relief in the wool industry, recent figures from the World Health Organisation indicate that despite a huge reduction in fatalities as many as 35,000 women may still die in childbirth every year as a result of a lack of pain relief. It is simply immoral to increase the use of pain killers on sheep when the same products are not readily available to women around the world.

The best option is to continue with the status quo and allow Australian wool producers to get on with the production of the worlds greatest fibre, in the most efficient manner.

MR McCowen said that woolgrowers should not fear any campaign by PETA, every Australian sheep is sequestering almost a kilogram of carbon per year in the form of wool produced for manufacture, we estimate that equates to more than 60 million kilograms of carbon sequestered annually. And this comes on top of the benefits to the world environment from reduced heating requirements and, in cases of extreme cold, the lifesaving benefits of wool. There is simply no other product to compare with wool in terms of environmental and social benefits. PETA should be encouraging its use by consumers and congratulating Australian farmers for their part in such a good and noble industry. Every time PETA want to talk about the sheep industry it is an opportunity to make more people aware of wools unique benefits.

MR McCowen concluded by saying that Efficiency1st has written to minister Tony Bourke seeking assurances that he will not bow to the uninformed, dangerous and extremist policies of PETA. Efficiency1st will also give woolgrowers the opportunity to join in a renewed campaign against PETA at the end of 2010 if PETA decide to resume their extremist actions at that time.

Contact: Charlie McCowen - Phone: 0438 057 287
http://www.efficiency1st.org
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