December 18, 2017
Three nearly nude protesters will protest the plight of sheep at noon Tuesday at Philadelphia City Hall.
The protesters, with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization, will wear body paint to appear "bruised, beaten and bloodied" as they call for a wool-free winter. They'll brandish a "dead lamb" and carry signs reading "The Naked Truth. Wool Hurts," according to a news release by the animal rights group.
"Gentle sheep are beaten until they're bloody and broken for the sake of wool sweaters and scarves," said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in a statement. "PETA is calling on holiday shoppers to give sheep some peace on Earth this year by keeping wool apparel off their lists."
PETA recently released video footage (warning: graphic footage) showing shearers in Australia punching sheep in the face, stomping and standing on their heads and necks, and beating and jabbing them in the face with electric clippers.
Seven exposés recorded at 43 facilities on three continents reveal that shearers are "often paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent work that can lead to gaping wounds on sheep's bodies," according to PETA, which claims the animals' wounds are then stitched without any painkillers.