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SHEEP & goats

Good-natured, patient and trusting, sheep are sociable herd animals. They have a natural lifespan of up to 20 years and studies show they are able to recognise the faces of at least 50 other individual sheep. 

In Australia, sheep are bred for their wool and for slaughter. Goats are similarly bred for cashmere and mohair, as well as for slaughter. These gentle animals currently endure painful on-farm husbandry practices, and with serious welfare concerns around transport, handling and slaughter practices. 

interesting facts about sheep & goats

A flock of sheep

10 Facts about Sheep

Did you know, that sheep are very gentle animals?

Goat enjoying eating the vegetables

10 Facts about Goats

What do you know about these animals?


the issues: suffering for our clothing

Wool is one of the clothing industry's favourite products along with luxury cashmere and mohair. But many consumers are unaware of the vast animal suffering behind their production.

Rescues Goat Lotte at TIERART

Mutilation of Goats

Goats are adapted to the farm environment, instead of vice versa

Merino lamb

Mulesing of lambs 

Millions of Aussie lambs suffer through painful mutilation every year, often without pain relief

Sheep for wool production

Sheep Wool

Painful mutilations – the bloody business of sheep wool production

Angora goats suffering for mohair

Suffering for Luxury Mohair

How angora goats are cruelly farmed for their soft hair


The Cost to Goats behind your Cashmere Sweater

Suffering for the luxury of cashmere  


Life expectancy of a farmed sheep is much shorter than a sheep's natural lifespan. Most farmed animals are killed young for human use.

Life expectancy of a sheep

what are we doing to help?

FOUR PAWS tirelessly advocates better farming conditions.

Australian Merino sheep

Producers say non-mulesing improves sheep welfare in Australia

New economic report highlights financial and sheep welfare success of wool producers who have ended mulesing 

A cute Merino lamb looking at the camera

Brands against Mulesing

Around the world, fashion brands are stepping up to help end the cruel mutilation of merino lambs

Girl with lamb


FOUR PAWS advocates for a kinder fashion world to protect animals used in fashion.

Australian wool producer with sheep herd

New report showcases success of wool producers who’ve ditched mulesing

Positive results to hopefully encourage more wool producers to end mulesing

Zoe was rescued from a fur farm

Shopping Guide for Animal-Friendly Fashion

From wool to down – have a heart for animals when shopping 

Knitting kind

guide to knitting kind

How to choose the right material for an animal-friendly knitting experience?

Australian merino lambs

help us protect millions of lambs...

from mulesing... Mulesing is mutilation. 

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