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For Patagonia and the Ovis 21 network, RWS will emphasize animal welfare as a clear priority alongside grasslands restoration. 2014 We convert the entire Merino Performance Baselayer line to Ovis 21 wool. We begin moving to correct the small part of our wool that is still bought on the open market (some wool hats, and the wool lining of our wetsuits) by changing suppliers. Winter/Spring 2015 Through our Social and Environmental Responsibility team, Patagonia continues to help and lead the industry effort to develop the Responsible Wool Standard participating in the Textile Exchange Working Group Steering Committee. Summer 2015 We hold several internal meetings to decide how to begin the work of implementing the Responsible Wool Standard in anticipation of its completion in 2016. 66 M. Á . Gardetti
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August 2015 PETA shows us a video containing graphic footage depicting inhumane treatment of lambs and sheep, of castration, of tail docking, and of the slaughter of lambs for their meat. While we previously understood the need to adopt a strict standard to ensure animal welfare and worked toward that goal, we were not aware of any animal welfare issues with Ovis 21 farms until now. We begin an urgent investigation into the practices shown in PETA s video and commit to working with Ovis 21 to make needed improvements, reporting back to our customers and the public on steps we are taking. Note: We will monitor the video link and update as necessary. Overview of Ovis 21 protocols involving animal welfare To be certi fi ed as Ovis 21 Sustainable Wool, ranchers must adhere to strict pro- tocols for grazing and land management, fl ock improvement, and shearing three pillars that all include major provisions to ensure animal welfare. In short, these standards stipulate: Sheep are bred in natural grasslands There is no mulesing No antibiotics or hormones are used Medical treatments are limited to vaccines and pyrethroids to control external parasites There is no live export of animals Castration and tail docking, industry standard practices that promote responsible fl ock management and hygiene, are done at an early age with techniques designed to minimize pain. In detail, the three pillars contain the following provisions: 1. GRASS Standard Land management is a key issue for animal welfare. With our adaptive man- agement, and mainly by using holistic planned grazing, we achieve the following outcomes: Produce under extensive open paddocks, in conditions that mimic natural grazing and recreate the herbivore-predator relationship (no con fi nement or arti fi cial feeding) Increase the forage available, and ensure that every animal has enough feed for the whole year Increase grassland biodiversity, which improves the quality of the diet Increase managers skills and attention to be responsible for the animals Risk reduction and better management in case of drought or heavy snow that may cause animal losses Sustainability in the Textile and Fashion Industries 67
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