Fashion retailer backflips on wool ban

Read the original article by Sarah Steger at perthnow.com.au here.

Fashion retailer Boohoo has backflipped on its decision to ban wool, just hours after it said it would stop sourcing wool products by late 2019.

“We will continue to use wool as a sustainable material,” the company said.

“We are committed to ensuring the wool used in our supply chain comes from good husbandry and meets high levels of animal welfare.”

WAFarmers lashed out at the retail company’s stance against the wool industry, saying sheep farmers were under “constant attack”.

After supporting the retailer’s wool ban and calling it “business savvy”, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched an appeal in response to Boohoo’s backflip, calling on the online retailer to take a stand against the “abusive” sheep wool industry.

Williams Woolshed co-owner Simon Maylor said thinking all sheep were dealt with harshly was “a simplistic viewpoint”.

“In fact, it would be inhumane to not sheer them,” he said.

“They are dealt with very humanely. There’s never any cruelty from what I’ve seen. Of course, I’m sure (the sheep) would be somewhat scared, but farmers try and mitigate that.”

He said if other clothing companies followed Boohoo’s “misguided” lead, the ban on wool wouldn’t just affect farmers.

“It would potentially cripple an entire industry … from truck drivers to farmers to shearers,” he said.

He said it was “staggering to see the direction we’re heading”.

“We’re curtailing to the minority groups, and it’s going to hurt us in the long run,” he said.

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