The Dumfries House Wool Declaration Ensures Strictest Standards of Animal Welfare
September 23, 2016

Marking the eighth anniversary of The Campaign for Wool, the first ever Wool Conference took place at Dumfries House in Scotland on Sept. 9 where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Campaign for Wool, presided over the signing of the Dumfries House Wool Declaration.

This "Custodians of The Wool Industry" declaration has been created to ensure that key players from shepherds to shop owners commit to protect the environment and uphold the best possible practices for sheep welfare, commerce and industry.

Integral to the declaration is the commitment to upholding and enforcing the Five Freedoms of the Sheep, the strictest standards of animal welfare as embodied in the International Wool Textile Organization Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare.

The declaration is a promise by The Campaign's Commonwealth funders, namely British Wool Marketing Board, Australian Wool Innovation / The Woolmark Company, Cape Wools South Africa and The Campaign for Wool New Zealand, to commit their time, efforts and talent to promoting the natural benefits and properties of wool.

Peter Ackroyd, chief operating officer for Campaign for Wool and president of IWTO, said, "In subscribing to the Dumfries House Wool Declaration, the wool industry and its members commit to care about the welfare of the wool sheep and the environment it lives in. This declaration formalizes the standards the complete wool pipeline aspires to."

The Prince of Wales launched the Campaign for Wool in January 2010 as an initiative to expand the market for British and Commonwealth wool and to promote awareness of its environmental benefits. It has been successful in increasing wool prices and promoting the unique qualities of wool over other fabrics, particularly oil-based manmade fibers.

His Royal Highness was met with a standing ovation as he committed to a further five years as Patron of The Campaign for Wool stating: "I am going to do everything I possibly can to build on the success we have achieved, thus ensuring that wool receives proper recognition for all its wonderful, natural attributes."

The American Sheep Industry Association represents the United States on IWTO.