The U.S. Fox Shipper’s Council encourages all fox farms to manage their farms in accordance with the standard guidelines outlined in the Code of Ethics. When a farm meets the guidelines and this is supported by a veterinarian’s inspection, the USFSC will certify that the farm is a well run, humane agribusiness enterprise. It is beneficial for fur buyers to know that the animals they are purchasing were raised in a humane, ethical manner.
Click here to request your copy of the Code of Ethics (submit an electronic request to the USFSC)
Download the Fox Ranch Certification Checklist (to be filled out by veterinarian/inspector)
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If you feel that your farm meets all of the guidelines and wish to have your farm certified by the USFSC, please do the following:
- Contact a veterinarian of your choice who agrees to inspect your farm. (Any inspection fees are the responsibility of the fox farmer.)
- Fill out the certification form identifying yourself and the veterinarian with required signatures and send it to one of the addresses at the bottom of the application.
The veterinarian you designate will be contacted and be provided with instructions.
The veterinarian who inspects your fox farm will be asked to notify the USFSC with the results of his or her inspection. If the veterinarian reports that your fox farm complies with all standards, a certificate will be issued. The certificate is suitable for framing and can be displayed in an appropriate location on your farm, such as the farm office.
The Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Fox was updated in 2013. While this publication does have some good information on raising fox, these are NOT the same as the guidelines prepared by the United States ranchers.