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When we began our initial discussions with Ovis 21, we were happy to learn that blow fl y does not inhabit Patagonia, so mulesing is not an issue there. We were also pleased to learn the Ovis 21 farmers took steps to ensure that animals have suf fi cient fl eece to maintain warmth through the winter. In addition, Argentina does not permit the export of live sheep, a dangerous practice. And we noted that to achieve certi fi cation from Ovis 21, participating ranchers must adhere to strict protocols for grazing and land management, fl ock improvement, and shearing; all of which favorably in fl uences animal welfare. We have worked closely with Ovis 21 on its progress toward holistic grazing; however, beyond verifying that no mulesing occurs, we have not audited its animal-welfare practices and were unaware of the issues raised in the video. PETA does not believe in the use of animals for any human purpose; this is a belief we respect but do not share. Nevertheless, PETA plays an important role in raising awareness of harmful practices involving animals, and we listen when legitimate concerns are uncovered, even if we become a target of their activism. For our part, we do offer alternatives to down and wool for our vegan friends and customers. In addition, we have allocated considerable resources toward the development and implementation of the world s most stringent standard to ensure that goose and duck down come from animals that have been neither live-plucked 64 M. Á . Gardetti
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nor force fed to produce foie gras . Our requirements were incorporated by the independent certi fi cation body NSF International into its Global Traceable Down Standard. We have also been working on wool. In early 2014, we began working col- laboratively with numerous other brands and the Textile Exchange to develop the forthcoming Responsible Wool Standard for treating sheep and lambs that meets 21st century moral standards for the ethical treatment of animals. It is our hope that this global standard, when completed, will protect animal welfare, in fl uence best practices, ensure traceability, and ultimately give consumers clear and trustworthy information that will allow them to make responsible choices. PETA was invited by the Textile Exchange to join this process, but declined. The process did include the participation of other animal-welfare organizations. It should be noted that two practices highlighted in the video are standard across the wool industry, for good reason. Castrating select members of the fl ock helps keep it manageable and eliminates overcrowding, while tail docking reduces instances of infection in sheep and facilitates hygiene. It is critical that these pro- cedures be done humanely, in a way governed by enforceable, uniform standards.
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