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If PETA had not exposed mulesing would wool industry have done anything?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 10:56:23 AM »
 RSPCA calls for more farmer commitment for mulesing alternatives 

ABC Rural  Lisa Herbert and Harry Crawford 

Updated 28 Aug 2014, 9:41amThu 28 Aug 2014, 9:41am

    Mulesed Merino Sheep height=227 Photo: A mulesing alternative is still several years away (Laurissa Smith)   

 Australian Wool Innovation has met with animal welfare groups to brief them on their progress finding alternatives to mulesing.

The process involves cutting excess skin from a sheep's backside to reduce fly strike; a problem which costs growers $300 million a year.

Geoff Linden, productivity manager in animal welfare for AWI, says alternatives could include breeding for breach strike resistance and skin traction technology.

“The welfare assessments that we’ve done on both are really quite encouraging,” he said.     

Audio: Geoff Linden from AWI and the RSPCA's Melina Tensen discuss the potential for ending mulesing (ABC Rural) Despite AWI spending $27 million since 2005 researching other methods, a feasible option is still thought to be years away.

In the meantime, the RSCPA has called for a greater commitment from wool growers to introduce breeding strategies to reduce susceptibility to fly strike among their flock.

Scientific officer for farm animals Melina Tensen conceded that this would be unlikely to happen overnight, however.

“A breeding strategy from what we understand can take about 10 years so the sooner wool growers start, the better,” she said.