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Sep 14, 2019 06:55:39   #
purplemist
 
Hi everyone,

I'm new here, and have a basic question, so please bear with me ;) I just started crocheting last year and am still exploring yarns.

I read on the PETA site <a href="https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-wearing-wool/"> that lambs and sheep are often hurt when they are sheared to make wool for the market. For this reason I have been avoiding wool, although it's a beautiful yarn that feels good on the skin. If you know any different and there is a kind way to use wool, I'd like to explore.

Thanks!
Hash
KA, India
 
Sep 14, 2019 06:57:36   #
Windmill Knitter (a regular here)
 
When I was a kid, I watched my father sheer our sheep. The sheep were not hurt.
Sep 14, 2019 06:57:42   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
 
No, its not cruel and (in UK anyway) sheep are not hurt in the process. Its far more cruel to leave their wool to keep growing.
Sep 14, 2019 07:01:55   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
purplemist wrote:
Hi everyone,

I'm new here, and have a basic question, so please bear with me ;) I just started crocheting last year and am still exploring yarns.

I read on the PETA site <a href="https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-wearing-wool/"> that lambs and sheep are often hurt when they are sheared to make wool for the market. For this reason I have been avoiding wool, although it's a beautiful yarn that feels good on the skin. If you know any different and there is a kind way to use wool, I'd like to explore.

Thanks!
Hash
KA, India
Hi everyone, br br I'm new here, and have a basic... (show quote)


Wool is sheared...similar to a hair cut. Does getting your hair cut hurt?
Sep 14, 2019 07:08:19   #
flhusker
 
Don't believe everything PETA says!
Sep 14, 2019 07:13:37   #
NanaFran
 
PETA has some very strange ideas. Sheep MUST be sheared, otherwise their hair gets too long and heavy, making it unhealthy for them. Same for angora bunnies, alpacas, llamas, etc. And poodles, for that matter.
 
Sep 14, 2019 07:15:34   #
purplemist
 
Thanks, all, for your replies, appreciate it! :)
Sep 14, 2019 07:40:14   #
RookieRetiree (a regular here)
 
I’ve witnessed sheep shearing first hand and it does not hurt the animal. The animals jump for joy afterwards in celebration that they no longer have to wear their coats.
Sep 14, 2019 07:40:28   #
mathrox (a regular here)
 
I imagine, but certainly don't know for sure, that some sheep might get slightly injured during the process. Not deliberately .... but because they struggle or the shearer is inexperienced or in a hurry. This would be the same as a child struggling through a first haircut and maybe getting nipped by the scissors.

For the sheep farmer, this is part of his livelihood .... I can't imagine why he would deliberately do anything to hurt his future.
Sep 14, 2019 08:18:11   #
Carol J.
 
Wool is God's gift to us to use. He provides us with food and fabrics and we are thankful.
Sep 14, 2019 09:02:22   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP. I found your question to be interesting. It had never occured to me to wonder if shearing hurt. I really like the answers too.
 
Sep 14, 2019 09:51:54   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
purplemist wrote:
Hi everyone,

I'm new here, and have a basic question, so please bear with me ;) I just started crocheting last year and am still exploring yarns.

I read on the PETA site <a href="https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-wearing-wool/"> that lambs and sheep are often hurt when they are sheared to make wool for the market. For this reason I have been avoiding wool, although it's a beautiful yarn that feels good on the skin. If you know any different and there is a kind way to use wool, I'd like to explore.

Thanks!
Hash
KA, India
Hi everyone, br br I'm new here, and have a basic... (show quote)


I don't knit with wool because of animal cruelty (I follow a vegan diet) but I wouldn't dream of telling anyone else how to live. Everyone must follow their own conscience.
Sep 14, 2019 10:09:26   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
Carol J. wrote:
Wool is God's gift to us to use. He provides us with food and fabrics and we are thankful.


What a convenient way of clearing one's conscience.
Sep 14, 2019 12:07:04   #
Jiggs
 
Have a look at this:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34135805
Sep 14, 2019 12:32:56   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
RookieRetiree wrote:
I’ve witnessed sheep shearing first hand and it does not hurt the animal. The animals jump for joy afterwards in celebration that they no longer have to wear their coats.


I'm surrounded by sheep ranches and I love seeing the sheep right after they have been sheared....so happy, jumping around and playing.
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