The Mink Care Assessment Program (MCAP) is a mink industry initiative undertaken in conjunction with the NFACC (National Farm Animal Care Council) to develop an on-farm animal care assessment program based on the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Mink. The MCAP was developed in collaboration with veterinarians, animal welfare representatives, researchers, government representatives and producers. An independent auditor visits all farms participating in the program to perform an annual farm audit. The role of the third party auditor is to verify that MCAP criteria are met on farm, and identify any gaps. Evidence that MCAP requirements are met includes observation of animals and pens, walkabout on farm, written procedures, records, and interviews with the farm manager and workers.
The MCAP provides assurances to buyers and consumers that animal care standards are being met. Participants are assisted in meeting their management goals for the welfare of the animals in their care and their achievements are recognized. MCAP provides a mechanism for continuous improvement in animal care and welfare.