Joint statement from British Wool, Farmers Union of Wales (FUW), National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), National Farmers Union (NFU), NFU Cymru and National Sheep Association (NSA).

22nd August 2018

“Having not had access to the footage taken by PETA we are unable to comment on this specific claim. However, farmers and contractors within the sheep industry take animal welfare very seriously and any behaviour that is found to fall below that standard is not tolerated. Shearing is an absolutely necessary activity to ensure that wool can be removed safely to protect sheep from heat stress and disease. Shearing is a highly skilled job and every year more than a thousand people in all parts of the UK attend a two day shearing training course that is tailored to their existing level of experience and skill"