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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


Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jun 19, 2018 Erin Faz
Jun 18, 2018 Diana Grob
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 17, 2018 Beth O'Brien
Jun 16, 2018 Tedford Rose
Jun 14, 2018 Leslie Ryan
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 8, 2018 Karin Kyes
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Donna Kurtz
Jun 7, 2018 Dr.Mary Sabal, DC,RN
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Gilberto Simao
May 31, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 31, 2018 Lili Shintani
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Betsy Ridge
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 29, 2018 Holly Tuttle
May 29, 2018 Sophie Ernst
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 Mariella Schembri
May 29, 2018 Susan Graham
May 29, 2018 Sue King
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2018 Shirley Baker
May 28, 2018 madeleine dao
May 28, 2018 Roel Miranda
May 28, 2018 Maria Manzo
May 27, 2018 carla howard
May 27, 2018 G. Tompkins
May 27, 2018 Wendye Kolles
May 27, 2018 Susan Mazza
May 27, 2018 Nanette Niece
May 27, 2018 Diana Zimmerman
May 27, 2018 Iris Rosenstein
May 27, 2018 Sandra Schomberg
May 27, 2018 Britta Mohr
May 27, 2018 Cheryl Martin
May 27, 2018 Lisa Scharin In the 21st century-it is TIME to END this disgusting abuse! Also cutting off tails! EVIL! I would think mulesing would also cause infections, pus, etc!!! STUPID!!!! STOP HURTING SWEET, INNOCENT SHEEP-Also buy VEGAN clothing!!
May 27, 2018 Craig Grabiec
May 27, 2018 Suzanne Capowich
May 27, 2018 Julia Moore

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