IWTO Defines Best Practices for Global Wool Production
February 19, 2016

Animal welfare is at the heart of every wool grower's farm. Around the world, wool farmers apply the best available animal husbandry practices to ensure the health of their flocks. It is one of the most important aspects of ethical wool production, so much so that the Australian wool industry alone, responsible for 23.5 percent of the world's wool, has spent AU $28 million since 2005 on wool sheep welfare, including breech flystrike prevention and pain relief.

The global wool industry is committed to the highest standards of sheep care and well-being. To support the wool growers everywhere who put best practice into practice, the International Wool Textile Organization in 2012 developed its Guidelines to Wool Sheep Welfare based on the universally recognized Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, and closely aligned with the World Organization for Animal Health Terrestrial Animal Health Code, these guidelines define best practices in global wool production. They are also in line with guidelines set out by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the United Kingdom and Australia.

A recent Campaign for Wool campaign featured the five freedoms and focused on the standards and principles of sheep health and welfare. Download a copy of the IWTO Guidelines for Wool Sheep Welfare to learn more and to better understand the applicable standards for wool sheep production globally. The guidelines also contain information and links to the sheep welfare codes of different countries.

To download a copy of the sheep welfare guidelines, please visit: http://www.iwto.org/uploaded/publications/IWTO_wool_sheep_welfare_guidelines_2014.pdf