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Sheep Thrills

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  • cohensmilk1
    After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle – maybe they ll have a second thought – and they can be
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 22, 2014

      "After they see me, when their mothers are feeding
      them all that cashmere sweater and girdle – maybe
      they'll have a second thought – and they can be
      themselves and win."
      - Janis Joplin

      {Cheap Thrills (Sheep Thrills) is the second album
      from Big Brother and the Holding Company and their
      last with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist.}

      "Vegan just means that you don't use animal products,
      so you don't wear leather, you don't wear wool, and you
      don't eat animal products..."
      - Emily Deschanel

      *     *     *     *

      Can you handle a 55 second video to learn where the
      wool in your sweaters & mittens comes from?


      Feeling a bit sheepish? Then read on...

      Some sheep are specially bred by animal agriculture scientists
      so that the ribs of their offspring grow attached to deliciously
      well-marbled prime cuts of loins and meat. Other sheep have been
      selectively bred so that their bodies contain multiple-folds of
      skin, These adult creatures grow a maximum amount of wool to be
      harvested from their bodies. Shearing such creatures is not as
      simple an act as giving a marine recruit a bald-headed haircut.

      Because of the multiple folds of skin, these wool-bearing sheep
      become infested with insects laying eggs causing pain and a
      lifetime of discomfort.

      One such condition commonly occurs to sheep after the fly larva
      hatch and feed on the living creature's decaying skin. That condition
      is called "flystrike", and sheep become carriers of living thriving
      maggots while growing wool for humans to wear as sweaters and to knit
      into Christmas presents of infant booties and mittens.

      In 1830, an awkward Australian sheep herder was shearing a sheep and
      his clippers slipped and cut off large areas of skin from the upper
      thighs and anus area of one unlucky creature. The clumsy act was
      committed by John Mules, and his poor performance became a blessing
      for the wool-gathering industry. This method of slicing off chunks
      of skin from the rear regions of wool-producing sheep is referred
      to as "mulesing", and today it is commonly done to millions of
      animals each year. Such practice might have appropriately been
      named after the Frenchman, Marquis de Sade of the 18th century
      whose name became synonymous for the word "sadism".

      It was decided among sensitive sheep-sheerers, after observing
      the widespread suffering of older animals, that only creatures
      under the age of 12 months would fairly tolerate such man-given
      pain. Therefore, compassionate sheering laws were then enacted
      to eliminate mulesing for any animal over the age of one-year.

      Mulesing is a practice kept secret from America's sweater-buying
      public which incorrectly reasons that clothing from sheered sheep
      is compassionately gathered. The fact of this matter is far from
      this truth, as you have witnessed from the above video.

      Now, another video. I began to shake and nearly became
      physically ill after watching less than half of this
      two minute video. You are warned that it is graphic:


      It would not be entirely just of me to leave you with that
      series of nightmare images. This is the beloved sheep of my
      youth; the singular, sensational ovine that actually replaced
      Howdy Doody in prime time kid's television way back when, and
      you can look that one up:


      *     *     *     *

      "The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep
      that their interests and his own are the same."
      - Stendhal

      "When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has
      a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it
      nurse and see to it and all. After a while, you know
      that the best thing you can do is walk out of the barn."
      - Wendell Berry

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      Robert Cohen

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