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. These gentle animals currently endure painful on-farm husbandry practices, and with serious welfare concerns around transport, handling and slaughter practices.
Momentum of brands moving away from mulesed sheep wool is growing. FOUR PAWS calls on more brands to join them, and warns the Australian wool industry will be left behind without a strong commitment to end mulesing.