This post’s comments contain some of the most reasonable information-sharing on PETA’s ridiculous anti-wool campaign that I’ve seen, including a lengthy and interesting comment by an actual Australian sheep farmer! You should always prevent as much animal suffering as you personally can, but I wish PETA knew what they were talking about when it comes to sheep and caring for them.
The alternative to mulesing (the procedure they’re protesting) is that sheep can get maggot infestation in the area around their tail. Live maggots. Which, if you ask me, sounds a heck of a lot less humane than preventing it. These are the same kind of people who think you have to kill a sheep to shear it. Do I have to lop off your head to give you a haircut? No — shearing is just a sheep haircut!
Shrek the sheep notwithstanding, I think most sheep probably like having shorter fleece in the summer. Don’t you?