DawnWatch: Media coverage of Pink video against shocking wool farming practices, Dec 21 ’06

December 21st, 2006 3:06 pm by Kelly Garbato

The PETA Files blog also has a post up about Pink’s PSA, with some interesting comments. See: Pink Launches Global Boycott of Australian Wool.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Dec 21, 2006 12:30 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Media coverage of Pink video against shocking wool farming practices, Dec 21 ’06

The pop star, Pink, has taken on the Australian wool industry and its hideous practices of mulesing and of sending live sheep on horrendous voyages to countries where they are slaughtered with no animal welfare guidelines.

Perhaps not everybody is familiar with Pink. She is not new to social causes. In her biggest hit of 2006, “Stupid Girl,” with wonderful humor and style she laments what women put themselves through to be fashionably attractive and she sends up the dim-witted celebrity icons America worships. The song includes lyrics such as:

“What happened to the dream of a female president?
She’s dancing in the video next to 50 cent”

(In case you aren’t up with pop culture, 50 cent is a rapper.)

You’ll find her delightful “Stupid Girl” video on line at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vxEu5JPCBs.

But you’ll find an even better Pink video on the front page of the PETA website at http://www.peta.org/.

(If it has been moved by the time you get this alert go to http://tinyurl.com/yy25cf.)

It includes video of mulesing, and of sheep on torturous journeys to be slaughtered in foreign lands, and of the slaughter itself — including video of animals being skinned and cut up while still conscious under kill methods that are standard in the lands to which Australia exports the sheep that have been used for wool. Please watch it and share it with others.

Here’s what The Australian, December 21, has to say about the issue (pg 9):

The Australian (Australia)

Pink’s bum steer

Treasurer Peter Costello may not know too much about the singer Pink’s music, but he knows how to slap her down when she starts complaining about animal cruelty in the Australian sheep industry. Pink, who famously sang the protest song Dear Mr President, has joined the US animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals and recommends a boycott of Australian wool products. Pink and her friends deplore the mulesing of sheep, which entails slashing away skin from the sheep’s rear in a bloody attempt to prevent flystrike. ‘I don’t know if Pink is an expert on the sheep industry,’ Costello mused yesterday, demonstrating his own sheep knowledge with an explanation of flystrike. ‘Pink is entitled to her views,’ he said, ‘but at the end of the day would Australia’s farmers take advice from Pink?”

Aussies and others can respond to that at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/files/aus_letters.htm.

The story is in every Australian paper. Those in Australia can check out this page http://tinyurl.com/yf5u89 to find the story in their paper and then send supportive letters to the editor. Don’t hesitate to ask me for help if you have trouble finding the correct email address for a letter to your editor.

London’s The Times, December 21, makes light of the issue (p 13) with:

“Sting has his rain forests and Bono world debt. Pink has, erm, sheep’s bottoms.

The singer has called for a global boycott of all products made with Australian wool. The problem, she says, is ‘mulesing’, or cutting loose skin off a sheep’s backside to discourage flies. ‘If they are merino wool or made in Australia…leave them on the rack,’ she says. But Peter Costello, Australia’s federal Treasurer, does not seem unduly bothered. He said: ‘Would Australia’s farmers take advice from Pink?’ Quite.”

Those in the UK can respond to that at letters [at] thetimes.co.uk, including their postal address and telephone number.

Or they might send a note to The Independent at letters [at] independent.co.uk.

The December 21 Independent brief piece read:

“The Australian government has challenged the US pop star Pink’s campaign to boycott the country’s wool. Pink said the practice of ‘mulesing’ or cutting flesh from lambs’ rear ends without anaesthetic was ‘sadistic’. Australia’s Treasurer, Peter Costello, said the practice stopped sheep dying of maggot infestations and was humane. He said: ‘At the end of the day would Australia’s farmers take advice from Pink?'”

In the US, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle website have covered the issue.

The brief Chicago Tribune piece is on line at http://tinyurl.com/yyttpf. The Tribune takes letters at http://tinyurl.com/4lsug.

If you are in Illinois, please take a moment to put in a good word for Pink and the gentle lambs.

The most comprehensive major media coverage of the campaign so far appears to be on the San Francisco Chronicle website’s “Daily Dish” blog. It refers to the video as “harrowing” and includes the following quote from Pink:

“If you’re like most people, you already refuse to wear fur because of the obvious cruelty involved, and, like me, you may even look for the stylish alternatives to leather. But what about wool? Most of us have never thought about it. Sadly, like any other industry that uses animals, the wool trade uses methods so sadistic that it makes you consider clearing your closet of any animal products.”

At the bottom of the piece is a spot where you can post comments. Please check it out and post a comment here. (Tiny URL http://tinyurl.com/tth6j)

Finally, Pink is taking some heat for her stance. Why not post a quick message of support on her message board at: http://tinyurl.com/yfgw3y.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. You may forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts if you do so unedited — leave DawnWatch in the title and include this parenthesized tag line.)

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