I ACKNOWLEDGE:


That I have an obligation to the deer farming industry to promote the highest standards of husbandry and health of the animals under my care, minimise their distress, enhance their natural protection from predators, parasites and diseases and provide them adequate shelter, feed and water, and respect the environment at all times.


That these standards call for an adequate and well-formulated health care program. Procedures, which induce severe pain or distress, will only be performed under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, using anaesthetics or analgesics when appropriate.


That transportation of my deer will be done humanely, using measures appropriate to the species.


That I have an obligation to all deer farmers to truthfully share the non-proprietary lessons of my experience. I acknowledge the need to further my own knowledge of deer farming and will support participation by both myself and my employees in programs for continuing education and communication with other deer farmers. I will protect proprietary information and respect confidentiality in all business transactions.


That I have an obligation to be responsible and accountable in all my business transactions, respecting the international community, observing and keeping all existing laws and ordinances and quality assurance standards and producing high quality products.


That I have an obligation to ensure that animals sold are honestly represented. I will offer prospective buyers the right to inspect my farm and livestock and I will deliver to the buyer upon requirement or request a veterinarian’s statement of the health of the animals at the time of sale. I shall adhere to a policy of truth in business transactions and shall promise only that which can be fulfilled.


Accepting these obligations as a member of the World Deer Farming Industry, I shall ensure that my business reflects the highest standards of ethical conduct in dealing with my customers, employees, regulatory agencies and deer farmers around the world. I pledge observance and furtherance of the letter and spirit of the above World Deer Farmers Code of Ethics.