The Ethics of Wool
You may notice that this website does not yet carry any wool products. That is because I have not yet found a wholesale wool supplier that can guarantee that their yarn comes from sheep who have been well treated "from cradle to grave."
Many people think that wool is a humane product since the sheep are not killed in order that their wool be harvested. But they do not consider what becomes of most sheep at the end of their lives.
Many sheep raised on commercial farms are auctioned off when they pass middle age and their wool production begins to diminish. They are sold to leather producers and buyers of waste meat. Many end up in stockyards as "downed animals."
Recently the Humane Society of the United States publicized the results of an undercover investigation into animal cruelty at the Hallmark Meat Packing Company in Chino, California (see one article at http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212127958.shtml). The documented cruelty in this case involved downed cows. However, sheep and other farm animals often suffer the same fate.
I have spoken to animal activists who maintain that there is no such thing as humane wool. However, I am sure there are small farmers who raise wool and lovingly tend their sheep. I am still looking for sources for humane wool. Anyone with information is welcome to contact me.