Another cruel industry built on exploitation of animals.

Wool is from sheep, cashmere and mohair are from goats.

Although the wool industry is dying in Ireland, it is still popular in countries like Australia, where 30% of the world's wool comes from. 

Thousands of years ago, wool was more like hair, which sheep were able to shed naturally. But humans started selectively breeding them over centuries, and as a result, their wool is so compact and dense, that they can no longer shed their hair by themselves.

Some breeds of sheep are bred specifically for the wool industry, and other breeds are used for both their wool and flesh. So either way, animals are exploited, profited from and killed.

Shearing, is a frightening, painful and unnatural experience for these animals. They are held down and put into uncomfortable positions, and often shearers go so fast that the animals suffer cuts and gashes. This often results in infection and fly strike.


Although most genetically manipulated or “pedigree” sheep cannot shed their wool, there are still a few wild species who can, like the these sheep here. You can see the obvious difference in their appearance.

Cashmere and mohair - more cruelty.

Most of the world’s mohair originates in South Africa and the U.S. (particularly Texas).

Treated just as cruelly as sheep, and more sensitive to temperatures, goats often die of exposure after being sheared.

Once they are no longer profitable, they are sold to the meat industry and slaughtered.

Wool, cashmere and mohair are used in clothing such as jumpers, hats, suits and socks. It can also be used in carpets. Make sure that when you shop, you don't support these awful industries.

Animals are not ours to use, exploit or kill for their hair.

So, what are we doing about it?


Even when we are protesting fur shops, we make it clear that we are equally as opposed to wool too. As soon as we get real fur out of Ireland, leather, wool and silk are next on our agenda.


Most people think wearing wool, cashmere or mohair is harmless. Apart from the cruelty involved in these industries, wearing the hair of another living being is unethical, and unacceptable. We raise awareness on this issie through vegan outreach.


The government needs to shift from animal agriculture and animal industries to vegan, ethical alternatives. We put pressure on government bodies, encouraging them to offer farmers incentives to switch to cruelty-free employment instead.

We have various campaigns running at any one time. Please click to learn about more issues!

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