This article is reprinted with permission from the blog BaaRamEweSheep by Brenda Nelson. This article is graphic and may not be appropriate for all readers, but I post it in an effort to educate against this sort of cruelty in the sheep industry. –Julie
Karakul lambs are often harvested and slaughtered in a brutal manner – being killed just before they were due to be born. That is not the only cruel thing, killing a lamb at this stage means either the mother is killed before giving birth, or kicked repeatedly to induce an “abortion”.
Karakul lamb hides are also marketed as Persian Lamb, or broadtail. The term broadtail specifically refers to the pelt of a lamb harvested in such a way as mentioned, the other term for this is “Fetal-lamb”. If a lamb is born, and to be used in the fur industry it is killed before it is three days old. After that the fur is not as tight in the curls, and the color not as dark. As the coat in the picture above has tight curls, but is not black – the coat was probably colored gray, or perhaps even sun bleached.
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