‘I feel sorry for them’: Wool worker calls PETA a cult and accuses it of brainwashing vegan protesters with ‘blatant lies’
- Wool worker has labelled PETA a cult and says it brainwashes vegan protesters
- Chantel McAlister made comments after PETA held gruesome protest last week
- At protest two women carried dead sheep props while drenched in fake blood
- McAlister, who works in the wool industry, says protesters use ‘misinformation’
A wool worker has called PETA a cult and accused it of ‘brainwashing’ animal cruelty activists after protesters walked through central Sydney clutching a fake dead lamb.
Chantel McAlister, who’s worked in the wool industry for over a decade, says PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) use misinformation to recruit those who protest on their behalf.
‘People like PETA are cult leaders and they just force feed mistruths,’ the Queensland woman told Yahoo.
‘I do feel sorry for them,’ she added, describing the vegan protesters as ‘foot soldiers’ for PETA.
Chantel McAlister (pictured) has accused animal rights group, PETA, of ‘brainwashing’ it’s activist members
Two activists (pictured) from animal rights group PETA protesting last week in Pitt St, central Sydney
The wool worker’s comments come after two female PETA members descended on Sydney’s Pitt Street mall last week to protest the wool industry.
During the protest, the two women carried dead sheep props while dressed in skin coloured clothing and drenched in fake blood.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest the protesters used misinformation to convince the public to stop using wool, or are victims of ‘brainwashing’.
The protest followed the release of footage by the animal rights organisation depicting alleged animal mistreatment in the wool industry.
The footage showed shearers allegedly punching sheep in the face, jabbing and beating them with electric clippers, and stomping and standing on their heads and necks.
Chantel McAlister (pictured) has worked in the wool industry for over a decade
But Ms McAlister believes PETA protesters are the victims of misinformation.
‘Ninety-nine per cent of them have big hearts and they’re very compassionate but from the misinformation they are fed, their anger is misguided.’
‘They have their heart in the right place but they are brainwashed.’
While she admits to hating ‘all farmers’ when she was younger, she has since changed her mind after a decade spent in the wool industry.
The Queensland woman worked her way up from being a handler to a master wool classer and says that the wool industry doesn’t resemble the one depicted by PETA.
Chantel McAlister (pictured) has received death threats from animal rights activists in the past because of her campaign to educate the public about the wool industry
While she says cruelty and serious injuries to sheep are not the norm, she does admit that some animal cruelty may happen due to the presence of ‘bad eggs’ in the industry.
To counter the work of groups like PETA, Ms McAlister runs a website, Truth About Wool Campaign, in order to dispel myths about the wool industry and to educate the public.
In 2017, she also spent time photographing the wool industry during a tour through Australia.
After various media outlets covered the work she received a number of death threats, mostly on Facebook, from various animal rights activists.
Chantel McAlister does admit that some mistreatment of animals takes place in the wool industry, but that it is the work of some ‘bad eggs’ and not the norm
But she said she will continue her campaign.
‘It’s about educating urban areas about what goes on in the industry to counter these smear campaigns with positive stories’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Last week’s protest in central Sydney’s Pitt St follows another held in January, in which PETA activists pretended to barbecue a fake dog in the heart of the busy and popular shopping area.
On that occasion, the group were protesting the eating of meat, and stopped members of the public to ask ‘If you wouldn’t eat a dog, why eat a lamb?’
In a statement about the protest, the group said: ‘As humans, we instinctively feel compassion and empathy for animals, but we’re taught that it’s OK to enslave and eat some of them.’