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April 30, 2011

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Dina

Hi Deb,
A well-meaning but misguided vegan acquaintance told me it was cruel to knit with wool and that man was mistreating sheep for their wool. I think she based that outrageous statement on what she heard about Australian merinos. Can you discuss a bit about the need for man to shear sheep (are there sheep that don't need shearing? and why the majority do need shearing?) and can you educate me on the whole merino controversy thing?

If the above questions are not to your liking/not your area of interest, I'll understand.

Deb Robson

Hi, Dina. Ah, yes.
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April 30, 2011, 9:52 p.m.
I wrote an extensive response to Dina's questions that was longer than the original blog post. I've just removed my overlong comment and, with a few additions, turned it into a separate post for May 1, 2011, 7:30 a.m. (MDT). Nothing that I said in the original response has been deleted; I did amplify a few pieces and add some links.

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