Our commitment to animal welfare

At Geelong Leather, we believe animal welfare is an ongoing journey and we are committed to continuing to work with our suppliers and our customers to understand and enhance the care of the animals that give us our luxurious leather.

We are working hard to ensure animal welfare is a high priority throughout our supply chains and that all aspects comply with the Codes of Practice. These provide minimum guidelines for the physical and mental comfort as well as health of livestock on the farm, during transport and at sale yards and slaughter.

And we only work with the best partners. We source our hides from meat processors and abattoirs that are fully committed to animal welfare as enshrined in Australian law and are certified to the voluntary Australian Animal Welfare Certification System.

Leaders in animal welfare

Our suppliers predominantly source from farms in Victoria, which is a leader in animal welfare within Australia. Victoria was the first state to publish a comprehensive plan for animal welfare. It recently updated its legislation to recognise animal sentience so animals reared and farmed in the area receive the best care.

Sourcing from Victorian farms is part of our commitment with our suppliers to ensuring the animals that give us beautiful leather get to live the best lives possible.

The future in regenerative farming

Many of the farms in our supply chain are committed to pasture fed or organic farming. This allows the animals to live a high-quality, natural life. Organic farms are also part of the regenerative farming movement within Australia, turning our farmland into carbon sinks.

Australia leads the world with 35 million hectares of certified organic farmland, and accounts for more than half of the world’s certified organic agriculture hectares. This has been driven by how quickly Australian farms have felt the impacts of global warming – putting them ahead of the curve in rapidly responding to the challenge of climate change.

Within Victoria alone, the changes in the way farmers and landowners are managing their properties to create regenerative carbon sinks help mitigate 75% of the emissions from agriculture and farming.