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Demand that Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ban the cruel practice of mulesing once and for all!

Mulesing involves cutting off the flesh of merino sheep's hindquarter's skin folds to prevent blowfly larvae infestations. In larger flocks, blowflies can often become problematic. After hatching, the flies will begin to consume a sheep's flesh in a condition called flystrike, leading to systemic toxaemia and even death within 3 days [1].

Merino sheep are preferred for wool production over other breeds because their excess skin provides more space for more thick wool to grow. But this benefit to textile producers also means the sheep are more vulnerable to flystrike [2]. By mulesing the sheep, the scar tissue grows back smooth and unwrinkled, leaving little room for blowfly eggs to be deposited. While effective in reducing recurring flystrike, mulesing is also cruel and inhumane.

A number of alternatives to mulesing exist, but they have yet to be adopted by sheep farmers. Staggering the timing of shearing and crutching, breeding protocols that result in less wrinkly sheep, or the strategic application of preventative chemical treatments to prevent flystrike are all listed by the RSPCA [3] as viable options of blowfly control that do not involve drastic mutilation. Another alternative simply involves regular inspection of the sheep during the highest blowfly risk periods.

While mulesing is still the leading method of deterring flystrike in parts of Australia, some farmers are standing up for the sheep [4]. The undeniable advantage of taking a genetic, or even chemical, approach to mulesing is not only easier on the sheep, but aligns more with a culture that's beginning to favor compassion over production.

Mulesing is no longer necessary, nor has it ever been appropriate. Sign the petition today and end this horrific practice from causing more pain and suffering.

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Dear Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,

The usefulness of mulesing is far outweighed by the pain and suffering it causes countless sheep, not to mention the many viable alternatives for blowfly control that exist today.

Apart from staggering the timing of shearing and crutching, breeding protocols that result in less wrinkly merino sheep, or the strategic application of preventative chemical treatments to prevent flystrike, regular inspections of sheep during the highest blowfly risk periods can also drastically reduce occurrences of blowfly infestation.

It's imperative that this cruel practice be banned immediately. The health and wellbeing of Australian sheep should be more important than the allowance of barbaric and unsanitary mutilation.

Mulesing is no longer necessary, nor has it ever been appropriate. I demand you ban mulesing throughout Australia today.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 17, 2018 Amy Wiesner
Jan 17, 2018 Serina King
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 17, 2018 Kimberly Wiley
Jan 16, 2018 Anita Hoos
Jan 15, 2018 Aline Lacerda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Anne Carlson
Jan 14, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Jan 14, 2018 Valerie Gorin
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Susan Wilson
Jan 13, 2018 Andrew Green
Jan 12, 2018 Daniella Macor
Jan 12, 2018 Natasha Varner
Jan 11, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Jan 11, 2018 Marco Parravicini
Jan 11, 2018 Elizabeth Allen
Jan 11, 2018 Jeremías Cuevas
Jan 11, 2018 Maria Galarce
Jan 11, 2018 Yvonne Albrecht
Jan 11, 2018 Caryn Graves
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Mónica Geraldo
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 11, 2018 Muriel Servaege
Jan 11, 2018 Barbara Bolgan
Jan 10, 2018 Denise Griffin
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Jan 10, 2018 Christiane Santos
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Lee
Jan 10, 2018 Laura Bauer
Jan 10, 2018 Joe C.
Jan 10, 2018 Pat A.
Jan 10, 2018 Lauren Amick
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Nathalie Cikin
Jan 10, 2018 Lisa Allred
Jan 9, 2018 Bronwen Evans
Jan 9, 2018 Matt Haslehurst
Jan 9, 2018 Rose Modiano
Jan 9, 2018 Samra Kovacevic
Jan 9, 2018 s w
Jan 9, 2018 JOHN RUDOLPH
Jan 9, 2018 Sofia Hällgren
Jan 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 9, 2018 Sylvie MALLEVAL
Jan 9, 2018 Maria Murta
Jan 9, 2018 anna firsova

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