Australia has responded to the international plea made by pop star, Pink asking the world to abstain from purchasing wool from that country. Starpulse News Blog reports:
The singer has signed on to host a new People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) video exposing lamb mutilations and sheep cruelty. She slammed the practice of “mulesing”, where chunks of skin are carved from sheeps’ backsides without any pain relief, as “sadistic”.
However, Australian Treasurer Peter Costello claims the practice is necessary to prevent fatal maggot infestations. He says, “Pink is entitled to her views but at the end of the day would Australia’s farmers take advice from Pink? Sheep are at risk of being fly-blown and dying… it’s not a pretty sight. Mulesing is not a pretty sight either but it’s a damn sight more humane than letting a sheep die fly-blown in a paddock.”
I’m not really good at taking a stand against cruelty to animals, although I will admit to getting upset if I see a kitten being punched in the face. Yeah, I’m totally against that.
Australian Government Hits Back at Pink, Defends Wool Practices [Starpulse News Blog]