The Red Deer Antler Velvet comes from New Zealand, which has the largest deer farming industry and is the largest producer of Deer Antler Velvet in the world. New Zealand's deer farming industry is regulated by the New Zealand Government's “Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry” as well as the “New Zealand Food Safety Authority” with very strict regulations.
No deer are killed or harmed for deer antler velvet. Deer antler velvet is humanely removed using local anesthesia, under supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Before, during and after the procedure, the deer are visually evaluated to certify the animals are in good health. The deer are returned to the free range for the remainder of the year, but are separated from antlered animals to prevent injury by antlered males. During this time, the antlers grow back as they naturally would every year.