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Like most livestock, wool sheep are tail-docked, castrated, and have their ears clipped. Sheep are also selectively bred to favor the ones with the most skin-folds/highest wool production, which leads to unhappy sheep covered in much more wool than would be normal in the wild, and exacerbates the flystrike problem that necessitates mulesing, which is not ...


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A lot of the questions asking about something being considered vegan can be answered by asking Considered by whom?. While there are some clear-cut rules that comprise the core vegan ideology, many lines that surround these are blurry to some extent and therefore susceptible to producing differing opinions on these borderline cases. If the question asks ...


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According to sheep101.info, sheep have a natural life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Despite this, a sheep's wool production begins to decline after 7 years. Therefore, farmers can produce more wool by using resources to sustain young sheep than old sheep. Since wool is a commodity, its price is driven by supply and demand, so no individual farmer has ...


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Short answer : it depends on the "brand" of veganism you are talking about. Even the way the sheep has been saved can influence the view one can have on the subject. If the sheep that has been saved has been bought back before being killed, the saving in itself can be viewed as vegan (you saved an individual from death) or non-vegan (by paying them, you ...


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Wool is used in several ways so I'll discuss each use case separately. I found a great reference page from MEC about how to properly layer clothing for cold weather. Base Layer (undergarments and linings) When dressing for activity in cold weather, an ideal base layer will conduct moisture away from the skin. Any fabric that does this is called a wicking ...


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The Wikipedia page you reference also lists more ethical alternatives: Breeding programs to reduce susceptibility Insecticides Topical protein-based treatments which kill wool follicles and tighten skin in the breech area Biological control of blowflies. Plastic clips on the sheep's skin folds which act like castration bands, removing the skin (breech ...


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Most vegan articles of clothing that do not rely on petroleum-based products are made of either cotton, hemp or linen. Since linen is often thought of as a summer-appropriate fabric, what you might want to do is use superposition (e.g. wear a linen shirt with a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt underneath). Hemp is a more versatile fabric with which you can make ...


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When one would typically use wool socks (for instance, I did a four day hike in the Appalachians recently) I typically use bamboo fiber socks. They're soft and warm, and in my experience do not hold water the way that cotton does.


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While shedding does indeed occur as previously stated, it is a well known occurence that dense and curly fur/wool tends to get clutted even after releasing from the hair folicles (ask anyone with a hairy cat or dog or look into "deshedding", its a whole industry in itself). This is especially the case for livestock that has been selectively bred for their ...


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Wild sheep shed their excess wool. Domesticated breeds, other than those specifically bred to grow wool non-stop, also shed annually. Sources: https://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/will-sheep-wool-grow-forever/ (Requires some reading between the lines. For example, reference is made to domesticated sheep "evolving". Domesticated animals don't evolve, they are ...


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Here is a post from PETA detailing 8 vegan fabrics. This site yarnyarn also sell ethical based yarn, such as banana yarn which is vegan "Make your ethical fashion pieces with sustainable handmade vegan yarns" - quote from their site. So far I've only talked about materials, this post may be helpful as she talks about how and where she found vegan winter ...


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