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When Fashion Meets Compassion. Vaute Couture's Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart.

Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 02:42:59 in Style

“While I have absolute admiration for all who chose live in a sustainable manner where possible, and I respect those who chose to live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle completely, there is a point here I have to disagree with. It is absolutely cruel and inhumane to NOT shear a sheep, they do not shed their warm coats due to thousands of years of domestication (similar to dogs). A sheep does not die when it is shorn, and in fact not doing so leaves it susceptible to horrible disease and discomfort. (flystrike anyone?) The brutal practice of mulesing which you refer to is by no means a standard practice. Sheep in New Zealand for example never go through this. Many "cruelty free" products however are synthetic, meaning they are made from oil. Which is not at all a renewable resource. "Recycling" takes a lot of energy also. The gulf oil spill didn't look to cruelty free to me. A sheep however, grows new wool every year, and once done with, a wool product naturally biodegrades, so more grass can grow, so more sheep can eat it. Sometimes a little more tricky than it seems, this sustainable living thing. But I certainly reckon, wool is one of the good guys.”