US retailer Timberland has denied reports that it is boycotting Australian wool.

It has instead assured the Australian Wool and Sheep Industry Taskforce that it is not joining a campaign promoted by animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Taskforce chairman and National Farmers' Federation president Mr Peter Corish said: "PETA in the past has made similar inaccurate claims about other companies which in fact have not joined the boycott."
 
"This situation is similar to US retailer J Crew and British retailer New Look which have given no indication of joining a boycott despite PETA's constant use of their name.
 
"On the contrary, both these companies have said the opposite to us. Neither has joined the PETA boycott."
 
The PETA campaign is in protest at the export of live animals, and the process of mulesing, which involves loose flesh being cut from a lamb's hindquarters.