Code of Ethics
As a member/producer of both the National Bison Association and the Texas Bison Association, The Buffalo Wool Co. abides by the Code of Ethics set forth by these organizations.
The Buffalo Wool Co. shall:
- Continually strive toward the preservation, promotion and marketing of bison and the bison industry.
- Advance the bison industry through improving our knowledge and skill, encouraging research and exchanging information and experiences.
- Keep ourselves informed on matters affecting the bison industry in our community, the state, the nation and internationally so that we may be able to contribute responsibly to public thinking on such matters.
- Pursue our professional activities with honesty and fairness while avoiding and condemning any practice that might bring discredit to our industry.
- Respect and help conserve our natural and cultural heritage while striving to improve the environment and the quality of life within it.
- Conduct business in a professional manner with accurate, current, and factual information so as educate and inform.
- Abide by all laws of any jurisdiction within which they carry on activities as bison producers. This includes no use of growth hormones in bison.
- Not use antibiotics in bison on a subtherapeutic (non-therapeutic) basis.
- Never engage in deliberate cross-breeding of bison with another species.
- Not knowingly make false statements or fail to disclose a material fact requested in connection with the marketing, advertising, and packaging.
- This includes accurate labeling and no adulteration of product.
- Observe the Bylaws of the Association and give freely of ourselves for the advancement of its objectives.
- Provide adequate food, handling facilities and health care to ensure the well being of animals in care.
- Not use animal cloning technology in any manner for the production of bison or bison meat products.
- Not practice in-vitro fertilization or other artificial reproduction practices for any purpose other than scientific research.
- Not deliver any animal into the custody of a person who in the opinion of the member does not have the facilities or ability to provide for the animals’ needs.
- Give an honest description as to the age, health records and genetic background to the best of their knowledge of any animals they offer for sale.
- Take precautions as necessary to prevent the spread of parasites or disease and treat sick or injured animals immediately to avoid undue suffering and if untreatable, humanely dispatch animals as soon as possible.