Morrissey has attacked Uniqlo over the wool they use to create some of their clothes, saying that sheep are being mutilated for the sake of fashion.
Writing in an open letter to Uniqlo on behalf of PETA, Morrissey as called for an end to ‘mulesing’ – a method used by Australian farmers working for Uniqlo that Morrissey says leaves animals with “gaping bloody wounds”.
The former Smiths man even says he will consider updating his classic song 'Meat Is Murder' to 'Mulesing Is Murder' to highlight this practise
Writing in the letter, Morrissey says: “On behalf of my friends at People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia, I am writing to ask you to put an end to Uniqlo’s use of wool from Australian farmers who persist in mutilating sheep using a technique called ‘mulesing’ in order to prevent a maggot infestation known as ‘flystrike’. Flystrike-prevention methods that don’t involve maiming animals are available and in use by some sheep farmers.
Adding: “Years ago, I wrote a song called “Meat Is Murder” and today I’m tempted to write a follow-up called “Mulesing Is Misery”. Shears are used to cut huge chunks of skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides with little to no painkillers. The idea is to create a smooth scar that will not collect urine and faeces, which attract flies, but the gaping, bloody wounds often become infested with maggots before they have time to heal.
“Moreover, humane options do exist, and a number of Australian wool farmers have already stopped mulesing and instead have simply improved their husbandry practices, including crutching and jetting more frequently, closely monitoring sheep during fly season and breeding bare-breech sheep.”