Parisian wool supplier Chargeurs has become the latest company to cut ties with Estancia el Trebol after viewing graphic footage from PETA that exposed the Argentinian farm’s violent shearing methods.
“Chargeurs had assured customers that its partners were in compliance with animal-welfare standards, yet PETA found shearers at a farm it had trusted for years standing on sheep and kicking, hitting and cutting them, so we know that there’s no such thing as ‘humane wool,’” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.
The farm in question is part of Ovis 21, a network of more than 160 certified ranchers in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile that aligns itself with strict protocols for grazing and land management, flock improvement and shearing.
But PETA’s video shows callous treatment of lamb and sheep, such as castration, tail docking and vicious shearing methods.
“Chargeurs’ decision to cut ties with this farm is an excellent first step, but the only guaranteed way to protect gentle sheep from abuse is to switch to 100 percent vegan wool, so we urge the company to do so now,” Newkirk continued.
“After conducting our own investigation in Argentina, following a very distressful viewing of footage provided by the great guys at PETA, we found that one out of the 26 ranches we used to source sustainable wool there mistreated its sheep. It is one too many,” the British fashion designer said in a post on her Facebook page.
Patagonia followed suit a few days later but said it would continue to use wool in its designs and would search for a supplier that could ensure animal welfare.
“We will continue to sell products made from the wool we’ve already purchased. And we will continue to offer excellent synthetic alternatives for those who prefer them, while constantly pushing to innovate and invest in new materials and better supply chains,” CEO Rose Marcario said in a post on the brand’s The Cleanest Line blog. “But Patagonia will not buy wool again until we can assure our customers of a verifiable process that ensures the humane treatment of animals.”