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Sheep are supposed to graze most of the day with their flock, but shockingly it is legal in Australia to deny sheep the opportunity to perform this natural behaviour. Until mid-2012, thousands of Australian sheep were kept in factory farm-style pens for the production of 'ultra-fine wool' for high end fashion garments such as suits.
Their misery was exposed in a 2004 investigation by Animals Australia which documented sheep chewing on the wooden slats and strands of wire of their pens due to stress, frustration and boredom. This new footage taken in 2011 unfortunately revealed in more detail the welfare problems associated with this practice.
In December 2011, The Wool Factory announced that ultra-fine wool was no longer viable, and so they would be ceasing production of ultra-fine wool and selling all their sheep by June 2012. As of April 2013, there are no known single pen shed sheep operations left in Australia. While this is positive news, the practice is not yet outlawed and sheep could be made to suffer in this way again if an operator decides it is economically viable.
Please take action to get this practice banned!
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