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Vegan activists protested next to the Wool Care installation in central London today in a bid to bring attention to animal abuse in the British wool industry.

Activists representing vegan charity PETA held signs saying: “British Wool: Sheep Kicked and Beaten” and “The Naked Truth: Wool Hurts.”

The protest follows the organization’s video exposé of the British wool industry, which revealed sheep being punched, kicked, and jabbed in the face in multiple UK shearing sheds.

‘Hideous cruelty’

“Sheep are gentle prey animals who are petrified of even being held down, yet they endure vicious beatings, bloody wounds, and broken limbs in the hideously cruel British wool industry,” said PETA Director Elisa Allen.

“We want to encourage passers-by to ditch wool this winter in favor of soft and cozy cruelty-free materials for which no animal had to suffer.”

Footage revealed animal abuse in multiple shearing sheds

‘Shocked and saddened’

British Wool issued a statement in response to the footage saying: “We are shocked and saddened by the behaviour of the (two) contractors filmed secretly.

“As a farmer-owned organisation, British Wool collects and sells the wool on behalf of British farmers. We are passionate and committed to continuously seeking to improve shearing skills and good practice in the UK.

“We would like to point out that the vast majority of the thousands of shearers in the UK operate to the highest standards of animal welfare, which is an integral part of all our shearing courses.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.