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[Update, Update: First of all, I am being cute in my terminology(faux vegan). Again I am really just seeking opinions on the matter, not much else. I already have my idea about the issue. The information regarding the treatment of sheep is a huge generalization regarding large farms. I do understand this is not an across the board kind of thing. The reason I stated it like I did was because a couple of people seemed to think sheep were killed to collect wool and thats why vegans don't like it. I was just stating a couple of reasons the vegan community seems to not support the use of wool.Once again, I'm just curious about opinions in regards to wool soakers and such


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I am becoming vegan and I obviously know that wool as it is harvested now is not vegan. I'm curious on a couple of a opinions on the matter because I have ran into a ideas in my research that kind of make sense to me. However I don't want to be faux vegan either

What about buying used wool? If you are buying used wool from places that don't inventory like goodwill would that be considered making a sheep's death not wasted since his sweater is being donated to goodwill? or is that wrong on every level? What about buying or trading used wool soakers?

What should I do with my wool nursing covers?

I'm not trying to buy new products but I'm curious what is the census about used wool?

Please remember I am just looking for opinions and thoughts, thanks!

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Sorry for the unclear explanations of why wool is considered a cruel product. Sheep are NOT killed for shearing. The main reason many vegans are against wool besides the fact that they don't believe animals should be used for any reason is the inhumane ways sheep used for wool are treated.

*WARNING NOT FOR SENSITIVE EYES* Namely the way 'flystrike' is dealt with. Sheep are bred to have many folds and wrinkles in their skin because the more square inches the more wool. However this is unnatural and the rear end becomes infected with fly maggots. Known as flystrike. The way companies deal with this is to cut off the skin folds around that area causing scarification of the animal and making the flies not want to live there. It is called "mulesing". This is typically done without anesthesia.

Here is a link to information about that. Note it is graphic. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/...es-gary-smith/


Besides the mulesing is that they are sheared to early in the spring while it is still cool out. Causing a significant number to freeze to death. Furthermore the wool grows back to early in the summer causing heat stroke. It is sheared early because if a farmer waits too long the sheep will naturally shed their own wool and that shedded wool is seen as wasted.

Then of course there is cruel confinement, poor living standards, poor feed etc. etc.

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Well it depends on the level you want to take it. I know some that refuse it in any shape way or form and then there are others that will find a sanctuary or farm that they don't use there sheep for anything else but need to be shaved. Also I know of others who will used recycled wool.

I even remember some vegan websites recommended a particular farm to get there wool and wool handmade sweaters but I can not remember it.

Either way we can't use it here bc we are allergic to it
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I wasn't aware that sheep were killed for sheering? I've actually never heard that. Seems like they wouldn't produce as much money if they were killed to be sheered... Rather then left to grow their wool back. Links to info appreciated
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I wasn't aware that sheep were killed for sheering? I've actually never heard that. Seems like they wouldn't produce as much money if they were killed to be sheered... Rather then left to grow their wool back. Links to info appreciated
I don't think most sheep are killed, because you are right, they are kept for wool production. However, it also wouldn't surprise me if once a meat sheep is killed and skinned they would harvest the wool from that also just to not waste it. I don't know if there is enough there to make it worth while, but I suppose it could happen.
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I don't think most sheep are killed, because you are right, they are kept for wool production. However, it also wouldn't surprise me if once a meat sheep is killed and skinned they would harvest the wool from that also just to not waste it. I don't know if there is enough there to make it worth while, but I suppose it could happen.
That makes sense. I just always assumed that most wool products came from sheering sheep that were meant for sheering, not eating
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Sorry for the unclear explanations of why wool is considered a cruel product. Sheep are NOT killed for shearing. The main reason many vegans are against wool besides the fact that they don't believe animals should be used for any reason is the inhumane ways sheep used for wool are treated.

*WARNING NOT FOR SENSITIVE EYES* Namely the way 'flystrike' is dealt with. Sheep are bred to have many folds and wrinkles in their skin because the more square inches the more wool. However this is unnatural and the rear end becomes infected with fly maggots. Known as flystrike. The way companies deal with this is to cut off the skin folds around that area causing scarification of the animal and making the flies not want to live there. It is called "mulesing". This is typically done without anesthesia.

Here is a link to information about that. Note it is graphic. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/...es-gary-smith/


Besides the mulesing is that they are sheared to early in the spring while it is still cool out. Causing a significant number to freeze to death. Furthermore the wool grows back to early in the summer causing heat stroke. It is sheared early because if a farmer waits too long the sheep will naturally shed their own wool and that shedded wool is seen as wasted.

Then of course there is cruel confinement, poor living standards, poor feed etc. etc.
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Quite honestly what do you believe. Do you want to follow a group exactly or do you want to follow your own beliefs. If you don' t believe using wool, or using wool you already own, or using used wool is wrong than don't worry about it. If any of the above bother you then set your own limits.

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Quite honestly what do you believe. Do you want to follow a group exactly or do you want to follow your own beliefs. If you don' t believe using wool, or using wool you already own, or using used wool is wrong than don't worry about it. If any of the above bother you then set your own limits.

It doesn't matter what other people think. It's what you think.
I agree. It's not like the vegan police are going to take your vegan super powers or something.
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What is a Faux Vegan? Isn't it about YOUR personal beliefs and what you think is r? right? Some people are vegan because they think it is the healthiest way to eat -- are they faux if they still wear leather? Anyway, I don't know the answers to your questions. I would think that if you know the facts and you know what you believe, then just go with your heart/gut/beliefs.
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