Stop Cruel and Painful Lamb Mulesing

  • By: Nyack Clancy
  • Target: Prime Minister The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Millions of sheep suffer the horrifying pain of mutilation known as "mulesing" every year. The unimaginable painful surgical proceedure involves cutting large strips of flesh from the hind legs of lambs who are about 4 weeks old- mulsing is done to create scars and a smooth skin that cannot harbour flies. Anaesthesia and painkillers are not required during or after the procedure.

The selective breeding of Marino sheep is more commonly practiced in Australia; the world's leading sheep producer and exporter with a national flock of an estimated 135 million sheep, but is practiced globally.

Marino sheep are more susceptible to flystike infestations. Flies are attracted to the moisture and urine that collects within the unnatural folds of skin in Marino sheep and lay their eggs.

The most effective way to stop flystrike is to breed sheep who have less wrinkly skin. We ask the Australian wool industry to transition to a less wrinkly breed and stop this barbaric, inhumane, act of cruelty of mutilating defenseless lambs.

Millions of sheep suffer the horrifying pain of mutilation known as "mulesing" every year. The unimaginable painful surgical proceedure involves cutting large strips of flesh from the hind legs of lambs who are about 4 weeks old- mulsing is done to create scars and a smooth skin that cannot harbour flies. Anaesthesia and painkillers are not required during or after the procedure.


The selective breeding of Marino sheep is more commonly practiced in Australia; the world's leading sheep producer and exporter with a national flock of an estimated 135 million sheep, but is practiced globally.


Marino sheep are more susceptible to flystike infestations. Flies are attracted to the moisture and urine that collects within the unnatural folds of skin in Marino sheep and lay their eggs.


The most effective way to stop flystrike is to breed sheep who have less wrinkly skin. We ask the Australian wool industry to transition to a less wrinkly breed and stop this barbaric, inhumane, act of cruelty of mutilating defenseless lambs.

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