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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) purpose for existing is to obliterate any human enterprise that uses animals—no matter how humane the animals are treated, the harm to humans that would be caused, or the economic cost. Toward this end, PETA is currently organizing an unjust worldwide boycott of the Australian wool industry because of the allegedly cruel animal husbandry practice of “mulesing,” in which skin is taken off the rumps of lambs. But what PETA claims to be true quite often is not the full story—as I found out and reported in this piece.

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