On 13 June 2013, at the IWTO Congress held in Biella, Italy, the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) published its Guidelines for Wool Sheep Welfare. The international guidelines reflect good practice principles for ethical wool sheep production.
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 guidelines have been updated in 2014 and are currently under review in 2016.