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Pulling the wool : a new look at the Australian wool industry

Author: Christine Elizabeth Townend
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Hale & Iremonger, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'On the sheep's back' - the phrase conjures up for many people the notion they have of Australia - a virile, energetic country whose wealth derives from rural pursuits - particularly wool growing. From our earliest schooldays we learn of John Macarthur and the introduction of merino; of the opening up of the country by explorers and squatters anxious to find pastures for their sheep, of the conflict between shearers  Read more...
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Townend, Christine Elizabeth.
Pulling the wool.
Sydney, NSW : Hale & Iremonger, ©1985
(OCoLC)894804947
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Elizabeth Townend
ISBN: 0868062219 9780868062211 0868062200 9780868062204
OCLC Number: 17161659
Description: 157 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Foreword --
Preface --
Introduction --
1. Small things --
2. Life on the farm --
shelter and shearing --
3. Exploding the myth --
4. History of the Merino --
5. What is mulesing? --
6. Yes, there are alternatives to mulesing --
7. The live sheep export trade --
how it started --
8. A holiday cruise in the Pacific --
9. Cruelty on arrival in the Middle East --
10. Death in the drought country --
11. Should we have sheep in the outback --
12. Why you shouldn't eat sheep --
13. Towards a rural economic policy --
14. Conclusion --
Endnotes.
Responsibility: Christine Townend.

Abstract:

'On the sheep's back' - the phrase conjures up for many people the notion they have of Australia - a virile, energetic country whose wealth derives from rural pursuits - particularly wool growing. From our earliest schooldays we learn of John Macarthur and the introduction of merino; of the opening up of the country by explorers and squatters anxious to find pastures for their sheep, of the conflict between shearers and graziers; of the halcyon days when wool was 'a pound a pound'; of national wealth derived from hard work, honest endeavour and good fortune. The shearer, the squatter, and the jumbuck are the ingredients of our national myth. What we have ignored is the suffering that lies behind the myth. It is monstrous to breed a sheep for maximum fleece regardless of the climate, the animal's welfare, or the barbarity which it must endure if it is to survive. To coldly place the pursuit of profit above all other consideration is to be indifferent to all notions of humanity. In Pulling the wool Christine Townend disputes the traditional view that the merino is well adapted to the harsh Australian outback. She cites evidence to show that these animals suffer as a result of their unsuitability and looks in detail at such horrific practices as mulesing. But she is not only concerned with the well-being of sheep. She argues that ignoring animal welfare is a result of economic pressures on producers and that, until Australia establishes an ethical, self-sustaining agriculture from which animals, the environment and humans benefit, the whole community must bear responsibility for the way farm animals are treated. (Back cover).

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