WAFarmers wait for Jona's shear answer

29 May, 2015 01:00 AM
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WAFarmers president Dale Park is waiting to hear news from PETA campaign frontman Jona Weinhofen as to whether he'll take up the offer to learn more about the Australian wool industry.
WAFarmers president Dale Park is waiting to hear news from PETA campaign frontman Jona Weinhofen as to whether he'll take up the offer to learn more about the Australian wool industry.

A SECOND invitation asking animal rights activist Jona Weinhofen whether he will come to WA to attend a shearing school to learn about what he was campaigning for, has been sent by WAFarmers.

A spokesperson for WAFarmers said the second email was sent on Monday to Mr Weinhofen asking him to clarify whether he intended accepting the invitation to attend a shearing school.

The invitation was sent almost three weeks ago after a crowdfunding campaign exceeded its target of raising $4500 to send Mr Weinhofen, a novice, to classes to learn how to shear sheep properly.

The spokesperson said Mr Weinhofen replied by email acknowledging the invitation but did not state categorically whether he would be prepared to come.

In the meantime, WAFarmers staff were "brainstorming" alternative ideas for what the $5500 raised by the campaign could be spent on in the event Mr Weinhofen decided not to accept the invitation, the spokesperson said.

When approached by WAFarmers, which claimed he had misrepresented the wool industry, he had at first seemed accepting of the offer to attend a shearing school if the money was raised.

However, when it became apparent that the money would be easily raised, he began getting "cold feet", according to WAFarmers president Dale Park.

Moonijin farmer Eric Emmott and Burracoppin farmer Geoff Brown each contributed $1000 to the send Jona to shearing school campaign and there were 95 other contributors.

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Mal Gill

Mal Gill

is wool and dairy writer for Farm Weekly

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