Coober Pedy News
       No. 82                                                             27 May  2005

Letters to Editor

Archived copy

Dear Coober Pedy News Editor,

Although PETA never asked Timberland to join a "boycott" of Australian
merino wool, in response to conversations, eye-opening information, and
gruesome undercover footage of lambs being mutilated without painkillers
and sheep shipped to grisly painful deaths, the company has issued a
statement pledging not to buy cruel Australian wool. I have copied the
actual statement below since there has been some confusion about their
position. In the statement, Timberland's Senior Director of Global
Business Alliances, Patrick Neyts, states that, "As Timberland does
carry some products which contain wool, it's important for us to be
aware of potential issues within the wool industry, and we appreciate
PETA's attention to this matter. Timberland will not knowingly sell
products which contain Australian merino wool until the practice of
mulesing and live exports stop." That statement was made on 27 April,
2005 and Mr. Neyts has since given PETA assurances that the company
stands by its decision.

Timberland's position is clear and we have added the company to the
growing list of retailers who won't support mulesing mutilation or live
exports by buying wool from abused Australian sheep. If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 
MattR@peta.org or by telephone at +1-757-943-0340. Thank you. 

Kindest regards,

Matt Rice
Campaign Coordinator
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Timberland's statement follows:

From: Neyts, Patrick [PNeyts@timberland.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:33 PM
To: David Benjamin
Cc: Neyts, Patrick; Giampa, Robin
Subject: Timberland statement of position on Australian merino wool

David,
I hope this message finds you well!
As Timberland does carry some products which contain wool, it's
important for us to be aware of potential issues within the wool
industry, and we appreciate PETA's attention to this matter.
Timberland will not knowingly sell products which contain Australian
merino wool until the practice of mulesing and live exports stop.

Sincerely,
Patrick

Humanity, Humility, Integrity, Excellence

Patrick Neyts
Senior Director Global Business Alliances 
Timberland
200 Domain Drive
Stratham, New Hampshire 03885
United States

 

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