We have finally obtained the NO MULESING certification for our extra fine merino wool. I believe that there is no better way to celebrate our return from vacation.
We have been working on it for months and the certification has finally arrived. Or more precisely, what has arrived is the certified wool that we will be working with from now on to guarantee that we are providing you with not only a beautiful product but also a good product.
It is a product that we have always produced under the assurance of its respect for the environment and the health of our consumers (we previously told you about the Oeko-Tex certification if you recall) and from now on it is even more respectful of the health of the Merino sheep who are so generous to give us this amazing wool.
Let's make sure we are clear: from the beginning we have always sought out serious suppliers who were capable of respecting certain rules however, as long as we weren't able to certify the wool, we could only place our trust in our suppliers who travel far and wide around the globe in search of raw materials.
Now, however, we have the NO MULESING certification and we are proud to shout it from the rooftops!
While writing the first part of this post, I stopped and thought that many people might not know what Mulesing is. So, please give me another few minutes of your time and I will attempt to explain it in only a few words.
Mulesing is a practice commonly used in Australia (the country where most of our Merino wool comes from) which consists of removing a strip of live flesh from the perianal area of the sheep, without the use of any anesthesia or antibiotics, to prevent so-called "flystrike".
Flystrike in simple terms means myiasis which is nothing more than an infectious disease transmitted to the animal by the larvae laid directly in the live tissue of the animal by flies. In Australian Merino sheep, this type of infection is relatively widespread because the flies are particularly attracted by the many folds of skin that this type of sheep have, where urine and dirt of many different kinds can deposit.
Because this type of infection can easily result in the death of the animal, we must resort to Mulesing to avoid contamination.
However, this same procedure can unfortunately be very dangerous as well as very painful for the animal and can still lead to death. It also does not always actually prevent the risk of myiasis.
That is why, for many years, many animal rights associations, amongst which PETA has been at the fore, have carried out awareness campaigns for this purpose and have promoted the boycotting of Australian wool, hoping to encourage breeders to abandon this practice in favor of practices that are more costly yet more respectful of the animals.
From now on we hope to do our small part to contribute as well. NO MULESING! NO MULESING! NO MULESING!
P.S. If you want to know more about it, you can find lots of interesting information on the internet. If you delve into the topic you will find yourselves in front of pictures of the animals who have undergone this horrible practice. I purposefully avoided posting these photos along with this post. They are just too gruesome for me!
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