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Thursday January 01 1970

Nationwide Benetton Demonstrations

category national | animal rights | event notice author Friday December 31, 2004 14:20author by Amanda K - Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)author email arancampaigns at eircom dot netauthor address Po Box 722, Kildare, Irelandauthor phone 087-6275579 Report this post to the editors

Can You Help Stop Animal Cruelty

You're help is needed as we have planned over 22 demonstrations around the country for different dates.

Please call or email ARAN today. Thanks for all you do.

Hey Fellow Animal Advocates!

What a year we have put down in 2004 and we plan on making 2005 just as good and with more action for animals planned.

Already we swinging into 2005 with the launch of our support campaign for PETA in which they are encouraging United Colors of Benetton to stop buying wool from Australia until Australia bans live animal exports and cruel Mulesing in which poor little lambs have their backsides partly cut off to stop maggot infestation, these poor creatures are also shipped around the world in disease ridden ships ¨C please visit www.unitedcrueltyofbenetton.com for more information on this campaign.

ARAN needs your help. We have planned demonstrations all over the country and our first port of call is Dublin. Because not only do we want to get Benetton¡¯s flagship store we also want the media to cover our national demonstrations support for the Benetton campaign which means when we do demos in other city¡¯s around the country then local media will pick up on the story and may cover it, simple.

We are also using this campaign to get more people out onto the streets speaking out about animal cruelty, using the media to highlight animal abuse and encouraging people to do more to help stop the cruelty ¨C so these demos and this campaign will definitely put us on track for 2005 and will help our work on Irish issues too. We really do hope that you can support our upcoming campaigns for this year and we hope that you will attend this demonstration in Dublin for just one hour. Here are the details below as follows; -

Where: Front of St Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin.

When: Thursday 6th January.

Time: 1pm Sharp.

So we really do hope you can attend this demonstration for as long as you can make it. These projects take a lot of time and hard effort so please do come along and as usual forward this email onto everyone you know and let us know if you are coming along.

Until then, please do join us in writing and emailing Benetton at; -

Mr. Luciano Benetton
Villa Minelli,
31050 Ponzano Veneto,

Email: info@benetton.it

author by Amanda K - Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)publication date Wed Jan 05, 2005 15:50author email arancampaigns at eircom dot netauthor address Po Box, 722 Kilare, Ireland.author phone 087-6275579Report this post to the editors

Activists Want Retailer to Stop Using Australian Wool Until Mutilation and Live Export End
Public welcome to come out and support.
For Immediate Release:
5 January 2005

John Carmody 087-6275579

Activists Want Retailer to Stop Using Australian Wool Until Mutilation and Live Export End

Dublin- Wearing blindfolds and carrying signs reading Benetton: Blind to Animal Suffering, members of Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) will gather outside Benetton's St Stephens Green store in Dublin to show potential customers the horrific abuse of lambs and sheep by Australia's wool industry. The action is part of an intense international campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to convince the retail chain to ban garments made with Australian wool until a gruesome procedure called mulesing (live flaying) and live sheep exports are banned:

Date: Thursday, January 6
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Place: In front of St Stephens Green shopping center

Mulesing is a crude mutilation whereby Australian farmers carve flesh from lambs¡¯ backsides with a pair of garden shears and without painkillers as a cheap way to try to reduce flystrike ¨C which is when blowfly eggs hatch into maggots and eat away at the sheep ¨C even though more sophisticated, humane blowfly control methods exist. When their wool is no longer the best, millions of sheep are shipped to the Middle East through all weather extremes aboard open-deck, multi-tiered ships. Many sick and injured sheep, treated as mere cargo, are thrown overboard or ground up alive in mincing machines. Many of those who survive the grueling voyage are fully conscious when their throats are slit.

After repeatedly asking the Australian government to end these atrocities, PETA announced an international boycott of Australian wool in mid-October 2004 and has already won the support of prestigious retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and New Look.

The united colors of Benetton are turning to blood red, says ARAN Campaigns Coordinator John Carmody. ¡°If Benetton wants to wipe the blood of millions of sheep off its hands, it must refuse to sell clothes made from Australian wool.¡±

Activists are urging consumers to boycott Benetton until it pledges to stop using Australian wool and is planning to bombard Benetton with ads and protests around the world to alert the public to the company¡¯s support of cruelty. For more information, please visit PETA¡¯s Web site UnitedCrueltyofBenetton.com.

Similar demonstrations will be taking place this month in Wicklow, Waterford, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Clare and Carlow.

Related Link: http://www.unitedcrueltyofbenetton.com
author by Laura Binghampublication date Wed Jan 05, 2005 22:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I should think that reputable organisations such as ARAN and PETA would get their facts straight before attacking and launching boycott campaigns against various shops, in particular the United Colors of Benetton. UCB buys the majority of their wool from Argentina where the practice of mulesing is NOT carried out. The rest is purchased from the world market and which is sourced from many different countries, and although UCB most likely cannot honestly say that none of this comes from Austrailian farms where this mulesing is practiced, there is also no proof that some of it does.
After doing some research of my own, I would also like to point out that mulesing is a practice carried out to PREVENT the death of these sheep and research is being carried out to find alternatives.
I am all for animal welfare but above all I would like to ask why these people are wasting their time protesting against an issue which they clearly know nothing about, when their time could be better spent raising money to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are dying as a result of the terrible tsunami in Asia.
Get your priorities straight.

author by Davidpublication date Thu Jan 06, 2005 17:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I couldn't make it to the protest, but I think that their argument is well-founded, and I support their actions. The link I have attached (which seems to be from a very reliable source) repeats their claim that Benetton does indeed import wool from Australia.
There is plenty of time to be involved in both causes - animal rights AND aiding the tsunami victims.
And what makes you think you're justified in telling people what their priorities ought to be? - that's quite patronising in my opinion, as well as interfering and highly irritating!

Related Link: http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11696856%255E1702,00.html
author by .publication date Fri Jan 07, 2005 17:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Protest over 'cruel' Australian wool farmers

 BLINDFOLDED activists staged an eye-catching protest outside a Benetton clothes store yesterday to highlight the alleged abuse of lambs and sheep by the Australian wool industry.

Members of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) were attempting to convince the retail chain not to sell garments made with Australian wool until live exports are banned and other controversial farming methods stopped.

John Carmody, who led the banner-wielding group outside Benetton on Dublin's St Stephen's Green, claimed a "gruesome" procedure called "mulesing" was being used on lambs. "Large chunks of flesh are cut from the backside of sheep to avoid maggot infestation," he added.

Mulesing is carried out to stop blowfly laying eggs in lambswool, as flesh-eating maggots can fatally wound the animals. "When their wool is no longer profitable, these sheep are live exported on filthy, crammed, overcrowded, disease-ridden, ships to the Middle-East where they will be killed for their flesh," he said.

A statement from the St Stephen's Green store stated the protest was an "unjustified and defamatory boycott campaign against Benetton Group".

A Benetton statement said: "On several occasions the company has explained it acquires mixes of wool of diverse origin from a number of specialist trading companies on the international market." The company added it had contacted Australian wool producers for information on mulesing and was assured research was being carried out to find alternatives to the practice.

Louise Hogan


author by Sonia Moranpublication date Sun Jan 09, 2005 16:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors


I could not agree with you more. I am also a supporter of ARAN here in ireland and PETA too - obviously these good guys cannot go off and do campaigns like this if there is no proof of the abuse or cruel trade happening - otherwise people would not support them and they would not be effective.

That comment that was made about getting priorities right is all over the place. She must be heavily invested in animal cruelty somewhere along the line.

Thank you ARAN and PETA.

author by Big Irish from the USApublication date Sun Jan 09, 2005 22:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A "reputable" organization? Totally untrue. Remember their farcical "Drink beer, not milk" campaign....

Related Link: http://www.wisinfo.com/dailytribune/wrdtlocal/278336391015529.shtml
author by SABWATCHpublication date Sun Jan 09, 2005 22:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Them comparing the chicken or fur farms to the Holocaust death camps.Really managed to alienate the entire holocaust survivors and the anti defamation leauge.

author by The Truthpublication date Mon Feb 28, 2005 04:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We as humans were put on this earth to coexist as humans. However we must also look out for our own. How dare you compare the dead children caused by the tsunami to some stupid lambs. I am studying wildlife conservation in college as well as epidemics in third world countries. Do not compare the well beings of animals to my family.

author by Sharila Gpublication date Sun Mar 13, 2005 19:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There is no one comparing Tsunami vitcims and lams you fool. All suffering deserves out attention and we must help humans and animals alike

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