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Originally posted by Mayet
But as far as boycotting the wool is concerned, the practise is carried out, painfully and maybe even cruelly on sheep here in Australia for a reason.
It does come down to dollars and cents or sense in this case. If the mulesing is not carried out, then the sheep get flyblown with maggots, suffer terrible infections from the Australian climate and often die. As well as damaging the wool, its a loss of stock and the sufferance of flyblown or flystrike as named in the article, is a lot worse for the sheep, much more agonising and painful in the hot hot Australian heat, than the quick job of the mulesing.