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It took the retailer long enough, but Uniqlo is finally directing its suppliers to phase out wool from farms that “mules” their sheep, according to a statement from Fast Retailing, its parent company. The declaration comes after a protracted campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to blacklist the controversial—and arguably ineffective—surgical operation, which involves cutting away flaps of flesh from a sheep’s breech and tail to prevent a parasitic infection known as flystrike.

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The Japanese apparel chain now joins a list of high-profile retailers, including C&A, Topshop, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, and Gap, to insist on non-mulesed wool.

Uniqlo joins such companies as Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, and Topshop to boycott mulesed wool.

“In pledging to phase out the use of wool from farms that continue to mutilate their sheep, Uniqlo has shown the world and, most importantly, Australian wool producers that it believes cruelty to animals is never fashionable,” wrote Matt Goldsmith, senior online marketing and technology coordinator, on PETA U.K.’s website.

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