Wool production isn’t cosy
It comes as a shock to most Australians to learn that farmed animals like lambs and sheep in the wool industry are exempted from many of the cruelty laws that protect our companion animals like dogs and cats. This legalises treatment that could otherwise be prosecutable cruelty offences.
Sadly, it’s routine and legal to perform invasive procedures on Australian lambs like castration, tail docking and mulesing without pain relief.
Mulesing is where young lambs have the skin around their buttocks and the base of their tail cut off with a pair of metal shears (to reduce soiling and the risk of flystrike). This painful practice called mulesing, has been banned in New Zealand for cruelty, but sadly is still legal in Australia, and in most states can be performed without any pain relief.
Thanks to tireless animal advocates speaking out, Victoria recently became the first and only state to require at least some pain relief for the procedure.