Hobbs Animal Welfare Policy
Hobbs recognises the importance of operating to high ethical standards and practices that require animals in our supply chain to be treated with care and respect. We take great care in developing relationships with companies who share our values and approach to sustainable and responsible business practices.
Animals should not be harmed either during farming methods or by the collection of their wool, feathers or hair. We aim to promote the safe and humane treatment of animals used in the production of all Hobbs goods.
- Leather should be sourced in a sustained responsible manner, leathers should not be obtained from live animals.
- Leather & skins must only be obtained as a bi-product of the food industry and not for the sole purpose of the slaughter of an animal. Suppliers are required to produce and maintain evidence to illustrate this.
- No products in full or part are to be sourced from endangered species from the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) or IUCN.
- Hobbs prohibits the use of Astrakhan/Karakul or any other leather/skin products which are the product of unnatural abortions.
- Hobbs does not accept any Leather/skin products obtained from live skinning of animals.
- Farms and abattoirs must slaughter humanely with high animal husbandry compliance and in accordance to the recommendations on animal welfare set out by the OIE in their Animal Health Codes.
- At time of Shipping – Hobbs may require the appropriate certifications, requested by the Technical and Ethical departments.
- Hobbs can independently audit, or arrange an unannounced visit to any upstream farm, tannery or processing plant.
- No real fur or pelts are to be used in any Hobbs product.
- No feathers or down should be used in any Hobbs product due to the potential risk of feather and down coming from unaccredited sources.
- Hobbs only allows synthetic feather or fillers in its product.
- Angora rabbit hair should not be used for Hobbs products.
- Whilst we have not found any evidence to date of poor animal husbandry, we have taken the decision to cease production of all angora products permanently.
- In addition we are actively investigating ethically sourced and innovative new yarns to replace angora in all future collections.
- Merino wool cannot be used or purchased from sources that still practice mulesing.
- Suppliers will be asked to provide the wool source to ensure they meet our requirements and ensure safe and good sheep husbandry methods.
- Details should include the full Latin name of the animal and the name of the region of origin of the animal.
- Hobbs is committed to ban all mohair from all products from 2019 onwards.
Shell Buttons and Trims
- Hobbs Ltd will only use shell products originating from non-endangered species