The IWTO Guidelines to Wool Sheep Welfare are based on the universally recognised five freedoms. While specifically relevant to the global wool sheep production industry, these good welfare practices are closely aligned with the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.
The objective of these guidelines is to clearly define and widely promote animal welfare practices in wool production, relevant to the wide diversity of production environments around the globe.
The document has been developed through a consultative process involving representatives of individual grower countries and technical internal and external experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science, through the IWTO Sustainable Practices Working Group. The guidelines will be of significant assistance to spinners and weavers working closely with downstream manufacturers in the global market.
IWTO’s intent is that these guidelines provide a ready resource for anyone interested in the applicable standards for wool sheep production globally, and for those interested in development or refinement of individual country codes. It will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.