Like leather, which is the treated hide of a cow, sheepskin is the treated hide of a sheep. UGG sources sheepskin from sheep that were raised for food.
UGG does not raise sheep and only purchases sheepskin from suppliers that comply with our strict animal welfare policy.
There are two kinds of sheep farmers: farmers that raise sheep for wool and farmers that raise sheep for food.
The sheepskin in UGG products comes from farmers that raise sheep primarily for food. For the farmer, approximately 90% of the value of a sheep is derived from selling the meat and less than 10% is derived from the sheepskin itself*.
*According to the American Sheep Industry Association
Yes. UGG only selects suppliers who meet our strict standards of ethical sourcing, including animal welfare.
UGG requires all of our suppliers to use humane animal treatment in order to prevent animal abuse and animal cruelty.
UGG believes that no sheep should ever be raised for their sheepskin alone.
No. UGG believes mulesing is cruel and inhumane.
UGG requires that our suppliers certify that the sheepskin comes from sheep that have not been mulesed. Further, UGG does not source 100% Merino wool from Australia due to the practice of mulesing by some farmers in this region.
UGG buys sheep skin from tanneries. Before purchases are made, UGG requires tanneries verify the sheepskin’s country of origin.
In support of countries that regulate the treatment of animals, UGG only sources sheepskin from the following countries: Australia, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom and Spain.
One of the reasons UGG only buys sheepskin from these countries is because they all have standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
UGG does not source sheepskin from sheep raised in the Middle East or North Africa or from countries that do not have standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
UGG has outlined all the materials it uses in its products here.
UGG only uses animal hides that are a byproduct of another industry. In addition, UGG has banned using angora in our products because of the way the rabbits are treated.