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BAS Code of Conduct for the sale of alpacas

BAS Code of Conduct for the sale of alpacas

Members of the British Alpaca Society agree to undertake and abide by the following code of conduct when offering alpacas for sale.

All persons wishing to advertise alpacas for sale in Alpaca magazine or on the Society website must be current members of the British Alpaca Society and have signed this Code of Conduct for the sale of alpacas.

  1. To ensure the proper well- being of the alpaca by advising the intended purchaser of the requirements laid down in the Guide to Welfare, to avoid selling alpacas which might be kept alone, and to ensure that adequate grazing is available to accommodate the increase in herd size if breeding animals are being purchased.
  2. To advise on the long term commitment pertaining to alpaca ownership.
  3. To declare any known faults in breeding ability, conformation, temperament and ancestry, where this relates to the intended purpose of the purchaser.
  4. To offer after-sales help and advice whenever needed by the purchaser.
  5. To provide the purchaser with proper records of date of birth, breeding history, medical history and last worming and vaccination dates. Also to provide the BAS registration certificate duly completed with change of ownership details.
  6. To ensure the alpaca is in good health, with all routine husbandry completed.
  7. To declare a female believed pregnant only when mating has been observed and subsequent putting back to a male does not result in further mating.
  8. To declare a female confirmed pregnant only when supported by evidence of an ultrasound scan test, or a blood progesterone assay, or a current veterinary certificate of pregnancy.
  9. Not knowingly to sell line bred, or inbred stock, or related male/female pairs without declaring them as such.
  10. To  ensure the animal you are buying is registered with the BAS.
  11. To ensure that the animal you are buying is transferred to your ownership on the BAS registry
  12. To recommend membership of the British Alpaca Society.
  13. To be honest and truthful in all matters relating to the alpaca(s) being offered for sale.

If you find that an alpaca breeder does not adhere to the above – move on for there are plenty of others that do.

BAS welfare policy

To download the BAS welfare policy, click here or see below

The well-being of all alpacas is of primary concern to members of the British Alpaca Society.

The emergency contacts of the BAS exist primarily to structure a safety net for the health and welfare of all alpacas in the UK:

  • providing a 24-hour first point of contact for all welfare issues
  • providing a structured and immediate response to any situation which arises where alpacas are neglected or mistreated
  • liaising with national organisations such as Trading Standards, the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations to provide a support network for the recovery and rehabilitation of neglected and mistreated alpacas.

The National Welfare Committee also exists to provide the members with an accessible information service on general Health and Welfare of alpacas:

  • operating a fast response service via the membership for the general health and welfare concerns of members’ animals
  • providing a point of contact and a fast response information service on health and welfare for members in case of emergency via a network of experienced breeders both local and national.

In addition to the safety network, the National Welfare Committee will advise members on:

  • current safe husbandry practices via the Guide to Welfare
  • codes of conduct for the sale of alpacas.

Should members become aware of any cases of mistreatment or neglect in relation to alpacas, it is their duty to take action and contact the BAS office (0345 319 2468 or