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SHEAR BRUTALITY: Crying, vomiting Alpacas tied-down, cut-up for sweaters and scarves

The alpacas struggled, cried out, spit, and vomited in fear as workers grabbed them by the ears. Shearers worked quickly, leaving them bleeding from deep, painful wounds.

PETA: A disturbing, first-of-its-kind PETA undercover investigation reveals that workers hit, kicked, tied down, and mutilated pregnant, crying alpacas in Peru, the world’s top alpaca producer… A disturbing, first-of-its-kind PETA undercover investigation reveals that workers hit, kicked, tied down, and mutilated pregnant, crying alpacas in Peru, the world’s top alpaca producer. This groundbreaking footage highlights just some of the abuse documented at Mallkini, the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm, near Muñani, Peru… Mallkini is owned by the Michell Group, the world’s largest exporter of alpaca tops and yarn and a supplier of major brands, including Anthropologie…

Mallkini workers pulled alpacas up off the floor by the tail and yanked them around. According to one veterinary expert who reviewed the footage, such “excessive force applied to the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the area” would cause dislocations, fractures, and severe permanent nerve damage. They slammed pregnant alpacas onto tables. Workers tied them tightly by the legs into a restraining device reminiscent of a medieval torture rack and pulled hard, nearly wrenching their legs out of their sockets. The alpacas struggled, risking and sometimes no doubt incurring injuries… Terrified of being pinned down and totally defenseless, they cried out, spit, and vomited in fear as workers grabbed them by the ears… Shearers worked quickly and carelessly, leaving the animals bleeding from deep, painful wounds… Afterward, the workers threw them onto the concrete floor and even stood on their necks…

Michell claims that shearing causes alpacas “no harm”… After talks with PETA and our affiliates, ESPRIT, Marks & Spencer, and Smith & Caughey’s will now phase out alpaca. And as a first step, Gap Inc. (which owns Banana Republic, Athleta, and more) and the H&M group (including its eight brands) have cut ties with Michell, which had supplied them with alpaca… The best thing that you can do for alpacas is refuse to buy anything made of their fleece! It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping. If it includes the word “alpaca,” leave it on the shelf… Please also ask Anthropologie to drop alpaca items immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. SOURCE…

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