A leading American fashion designer to Hollywood's A-List celebrities has slapped a ban on Australian wool.
Marc Bouwer, favourite American fashion designer of Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson has announced that he will no longer use Australian wool in his designs.
Bouwer said he came to the decision after talks with animal rights group, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
PETA has waged a long-running campaign against the Australian wool industry and has lobbied for farmers to ban mulesing, a technique used to protect sheep from flystrike.
'I recently learned from my friends at PETA how sheep are treated in Australia and am so appalled that I will be cutting all Australian wool from my future collections. Your government's failure to take steps toward enforcing an end to these crude practices reflects poorly on Australia's standing as a wool supplier in the global fashion marketplace. The Australian government has been promising for years to address the painful mutilation known as mulesing, in which farmers use gardening-like shears to cut huge chunks of skin and flesh from tens of thousands of lambs' backsides each year - without painkillers', he wrote in a letter to Australian prime minister.