Overview: In April 2020, the SFA and the China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare (ICCAW) signed an MoU to develop and manage a joint code of practice for cashmere goat welfare. The code of practice is to be used for accreditation of welfare-friendly cashmere production in the Inner Mongolia region of China. It will sit within the SFA Cashmere Standard and align with ICCAW’s ‘Farm Animal Welfare Requirements – Cashmere Goat’. In July 2020, a joint SFA-ICCAW Technical Group drafted a Cashmere Goat Welfare Code of Practice which is now open for public consultation.
About the Cashmere Goat Welfare Code of Practice: The Cashmere Goat Welfare Code of Practice is based on the Five Freedoms of animal welfare. The Code of Practice (consultation draft) consists of specific requirements divided into eight units covering:
- Feeding and drinking water
- The farming environment
- Husbandry management
- Fibre harvesting
- Transport and farm transfer
- Humane slaughter
- Farm inspection and auditing
For each unit there are mandatory requirements, good practice requirements applicable to all farms, and additional good practice requirements for farms managed by enterprises or institutions.
In line with the SFA Standards System, there will be two rounds of public consultation:
- Consultation Round 1: August 17 – 16 October, 2020
- Consultation Round 2: 26 October – 25 November, 2020
Decisions regarding the process and changes to the draft code of practice will be made in line with the SFA Standard Setting Procedure. Any feedback received during Consultation Round 1 will be considered in the revision process prior to Consultation Round 2, and any feedback received during Round 2 will be considered in the revision process prior to adoption of the code of practice. A summary of how feedback received was addressed in the revision process will be available to the public.
For Round 1, please submit your feedback by 5pm UK time on October 16th 2020.
For Round 2, please submit your feedback by 5pm UK time on 25th November 2020.