Our mission is to drive sustainable demand for British wool in order to maximise returns for our members.

Statement - Channel 4 News footage

We are shocked and saddened by the behaviour of the (two) contractors filmed secretly.

As a farmer owned organisation British Wool collects and sells the wool on behalf of British farmers. We are passionate and committed to continuously seeking to improve shearing skills and good practice in the UK. Every year we train more than a thousand people in all parts of the UK on two day training courses that are tailored to their existing level of experience and skill.

It is not within our remit to police the shearing industry:  this responsibility lies with the government and the RSPCA. As announced during the programme, the RSPCA will be making a full investigation into the footage. We will provide them with any support required.

We would like to point out that the vast majority of the thousands of shearers in the UK operate to the highest standards of animal welfare, which is an integral part of all our shearing courses.

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Statement - Channel 4 News footage