People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), the international animal welfare organization, attacked Textile Exchange a few weeks ago for keeping Ovis 21 on its steering committee for the development of a Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which is scheduled to be finalized by next May. Peta was referring to a video that showed workers in Argentina starting to skin lambs alive, which led Patagonia and other firms to drop using Ovis 21 as a supplier. Patagonia is the only individual outdoor company on the RWS steering committee. Textile Exchange replied that it is using an open and inclusive development process for the standard, which also covers land management practices. Ovis 21 has been retained on the committee for that reason and for specific technical equipment knowledge, officials said, noting that Peta was approached to be part of the advisory group but decided not to be involved. Two other animal welfare organizations, Humane Society International and Four Paws, are still participating.