Animal Husbandry and Welfare
Many brands and retailers will publish policies around the use of products from animals.
This is to demonstrate to external stakeholders their commitment to the sustained welfare of animals used in products. This could be leather or textiles made from animal fibres.
Developing a policy requires commitment also from internal stakeholders including sourcing, design and product development teams to ensure that the policy is upheld.
There are recognised guidelines relating to the welfare of animals, products from which are used in the leather industry. The principle objective here is welfare standards applied during the care and slaughter of the animal. There are guidelines for domestic (ie cows, sheep and goat) and also non-domesticated such as reptiles including snake and alligator and ostrich.
“There are also clear distinctions between animals that can be raised with high welfare standards in captivity and those that are not.”
There are also clear distinctions between animals that can be raised with high welfare standards in captivity and those that are not.
The guidelines also cover the welfare aspects on animals bred for fibre such as angora rabbits and cashmere goats.
In terms of supply chain risk, animal welfare is an important factor to be considered.