PETA Targets Australian PM With "Mulesing" Protest

By Matt Fitzpatrick
|  Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 AM EDT
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PETA has announced plans to hold a protest at the Capitol Wednesday morning as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses a joint session of Congress. 

The protest is in response to the practice of “mulesing” in Australia, PETA said.

“Mulesing” involves farmers cutting skin from lambs’ backsides to prevent maggot infestation.

PETA said it wants the prime minister to end the practice, that it considers mutilation, as more humane options are available.

The Australian prime minister is currently on a goodwill mission in the U.S.

PETA claims it has convinced major clothing retailers such as Talbots, Gap Inc., Liz Claiborne and Timberland to stop using “mulesed” wool.
 

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