PERTH - The Australian wool industry has come under further pressure over the controversial practice of mulesing after retailers Kmart and Target committed to stop selling products containing mulesed wool.

The news prompted the president of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors to warn that Australian wool was coming to be regarded as "secondary" to that of countries like New Zealand and South Africa because of mulesing.

Target said all wool in its own clothing and bedding would be from farms fully traceable and verified as non-mulesed, or recycled, by July 2023. Kmart aims to do the same by July 2024.

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