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The Age (2005)
Toni not sheepish
July 01, 2005
Actress and animal lover Toni Collette has been recruited by US animal rights activists in their fight against Australian wool farmers.

The Sydney-born Oscar nominee has written an angry letter on behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Australian Prime Minister John Howard, demanding mulesing and the live export of sheep be banned in Australia.

"We knew she was an animal lover so we contacted her about the cruelty involved in the Australian wool industry," New York-based PETA spokesman Michael McGraw told AAP.

In her signed letter to Howard, Collette goes into graphic detail about the "unimaginably cruel procedure" of mulesing.

She also went into detail about Australia's live export of sheep.

"Thousands die in transit - some are smothered or trampled to death while trying to reach what little food and water is made available, and sick or injured sheep are tossed into grinders while they are still alive or thrown overboard to the sharks."

Collette, 32, ended her letter with a heartfelt plea to Howard.

"As prime minister, it is your responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves," she wrote.