Thursday, 20 November 2008

PETA pushes wool growers overboard

ANIMAL activist group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has urged Australian wool producers to jump ship from Australian Wool Innovation and cease mulesing now.

PETA Asia-Pacific director Jason Baker said the AWI board was "completely ineffective" and warned the Australian wool industry faced "disaster" if it did not honour its commitment to end mulesing by 2010.

Mr Baker's comments come after newly elected AWI chairman, Wal Merriman, said the industry would not be tied to a deadline to phase out mulesing.

Mr Merriman said at yesterday's AWI annual meeting in Perth that he would continue mulesing his sheep beyond 2010 if a viable alternative had not been found.

Mr Baker said reneging on the commitment was "an embarrassment to the wool industry".

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