Code of Practice

The Canadian Bison Association's Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals - Bison

The Canadian Bison Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) released the revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison on August 9, 2017.

Canada’s Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as the foundation for ensuring that farm animals are cared for using sound management and welfare practices that promote animal health and well-being. Codes are used as educational tools, reference materials for regulations, and the foundation for industry animal care assessment programs.

NFACC’s Code development process is a uniquely consensus-based, multi-stakeholder approach that ensures credibility and transparency through scientific rigour, stakeholder collaboration, and consistency. Updates to the bison Code were led by an 11-person Code committee comprised of bison producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a three-person Scientific Committee that included research and veterinary expertise in bison behaviour, health and welfare. A public comment period was held in the winter of 2016 to allow the public and all stakeholders to provide input. For the research report go to:

Canada’s Codes of Practice are a powerful tool for meeting rising consumer, marketplace and societal expectations relative to farm animal welfare. Codes support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page.

The new bison Code is available online at:

For more information on the National Farm Animal Care Council, go to:

If you would prefer a hard copy of the code please contact the Canadian Bison Association.

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