MEDIA STATEMENT

 

31 March, 2017

 

WoolProducers Australia condemns animal cruelty

WoolProducers Australia has come out strongly in response to today’s sentencing of four shearers being convicted of animal cruelty in Horsham’s Magistrate Court.

 

WoolProducers strongly condemns animal cruelty and anybody found committing these offences has no place in the wool industry, as they are jeopardising the reputation of the vast majority of wool growers and shearers who treat animals humanely and with care on a daily basis.

 

Shearing is an extremely difficult job, but it is done so across the country in varying conditions at least five days a week and there is never a need for cruelty to be inflicted on an animal.

 

Animal welfare is a key priority for the wool industry and one we take very seriously.

 

While this situation is extremely unfortunate, if there is any good to come from this, it is hoped that this case makes people aware at a grass-roots level that there are ramifications for animal cruelty and that it is not accepted by industry or the general public.

 

It is not WoolProducers place to comment on the specific details of these convictions.

 

ENDS

 

Jo Hall, CEO

WoolProducers Australia

0488 554 811