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Is Nike’s ‘Responsible’ Wool Really Better for Sheep? | PETA

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Athletic brand Nike recently announced its commitment to using “responsible” wool in its products, but what does that really mean for animals? The brand merely adopted the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which—unfortunately—is nothing but a humane-washing tactic that does nothing to protect sheep from exploitation and abuse.

Why Doesn’t the RWS Protect Animals?

There is no such thing as “cruelty-free,” “humane,” or “sustainable” wool. PETA has now released 14 exposés of 117 wool-industry operations on four continents revealing that sheep are mutilated and abused for their wool and sometimes even skinned alive. Patagonia—a company that has adopted the RWS—has been found to obtain wool from producers that violate these standards.



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