Not many individuals exterior Dorset can have heard of Wool.



It is a quiet village of round 5,000 individuals, with image postcard thatched cottages, a haunted bridge, and a Manor Home that offered inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles.


However now it finds itself going viral, after animal rights group PETA wrote a well mannered letter to the parish council to ask them to alter the village identify.


To Vegan Wool.


The campaigners say the wool trade is merciless, with many animals harm or abused throughout shearing. The identify change, they are saying, could be exhibiting an act of kindness to sheep.


However they have not pulled the vegan different over many eyes in Wool.





Wool has been asked to consider a vegan-friendly name change. Pic: Google Street View

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Wool has been requested to contemplate a vegan-friendly identify change. Pic: Google Avenue View



“PETA are attempting to get a message throughout, they’ve managed to do some good advertising and publicity, however they’re utilizing us to do it”, mentioned parish councillor Dave Manner.


He added: “After we first noticed the letter we thought it was an early or late April Idiot’s joke. We’ll talk about it, however a reputation change is extremely unlikely.”


Sam Peters is manageress at Ruby’s Tea Room in Wool, and a vegan.


She mentioned it was good to boost consciousness of animal rights points however anxious it might doubtlessly present vegans in a foul gentle.


“I used to work in advertising,” she mentioned. “So I can see why they’ve carried out it. But it surely leaves it open for individuals who do not share PETA’s rules to ridicule and abuse vegans, notably on-line.”


Native residents, from our expertise, weren’t impressed.


“Ridiculous”, “ludicrous” and “simply plain silly” had been simply a number of the reactions from members of the general public as they had been requested a couple of attainable identify change.


Even PETA’s promise to offer the entire village with vegan wool blankets couldn’t sway locals.


“It is at all times been Wool,” mentioned one. “And I hope it at all times will likely be.”


Many had been additionally eager to level out that the identify Wool doesn’t consult with sheep or their fleeces. As an alternative it comes from the Anglo-Saxon for effectively or water springs.


For PETA, that is mission completed with numerous publicity gained for a problem, which it believes deserves it.


For the individuals of (not Vegan) Wool, it has offered an attention-grabbing diversion from common village life. And it has actually put them on the map.




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