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On November 21, 2018, the Wool Parish Clerk posted a letter they received from the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Facebook. In the letter, PETA requested that the town consider a name change from “Wool” to “Vegan Wool.”
Within the letter, they discuss the cruelty associated with sheep farms and end it with, “With a simple name change, your village can take a stand against this cruelty and remind everyone that it’s easy to stay warm and be warm-hearted to sheep by choosing vegan wool and other animal-free materials. As further incentive, if you adopt this new moniker, we’d be happy to provide every Vegan Wool household that would like one with a cosy, cruelty-free blanket.”
The news of the letter quickly spread around the village and even made it into The New York Times with an article documenting the various responses from the residents of Wool and the surrounding areas.
In an article from The Province.com, they explain, “The fact that the unassuming Dorset village of Wool derives its name from an ancient word for well, or water spring, has fallen by the wayside.” They continue, “Animal rights activists have declared the village’s name an affront to sheep the world over, claiming it promotes animal cruelty.” They also explain that the general response among residents of Wool to PETA was that of ridicule and laughter.
On Monday, November 26, the Wool Parish Council Facebook responded to PETA’s request with this post.
The full, written response can be found on their website. But it’s safe to say that the Dorset village of Wool will not be considering a name change anytime soon.
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