The wool and the sheep flesh industries are so intertwined it is difficult to write about them separately. For this reason, we have incorporated these pages together. It is common for people to think wool is not cruel. Nothing could be further from the truth. The wool industry, like the meat industry, is one of immense suffering for the sheep involved.
Sheep are used for their flesh and their wool throughout Australia. Sheep who are specifically bred for their flesh will be killed as babies of only 6-8 months old. Sheep used for their wool will also eventually be killed for their flesh once their wool growth slows, sold as cheap flesh for human consumption or dog food. The following information is standard practice across all sheep farms in Australia.