Press release – British Alpaca Society left incredulous at APHA response to complaint – further action will be taken.

04 September 2021     British Alpaca Society

PRESS RELEASE -4th September Aug 2021 -for immediate use

British Alpaca Society left incredulous at APHA response to complaint – further action will be taken.

 BAS Chair Ms Sue Loach says in response to the APHA letter, “APHA clearly don’t seem to have witnessed the same events that I did, APHA claim to have carefully planned a removal operation with consideration for Geronimo’s welfare and yet they failed to correctly put a halter on him and then tied him up in a dangerous manner in the trailer.  Alpacas sit when travelling and the lead rope length would not allow that to happen.”

 APHA say that “Veterinary surgeons were present at the loading and the unloading as well as travelling behind the trailer during its journey.”  Ms Loach notes, “That is clearly no help when the alpaca has been tied up on a rope that is too short. These vets were in no position to help during travel so could have no impact on welfare.”

APHA did admit that “This was a difficult and high-pressure situation for all involved. We can assure you that our staff did all in their power to protect Geronimo’s welfare and treat him with dignity.”  In response to this Ms Loach says, “I find this statement beyond belief! No admission of a halter that was stopping normal breathing and no admission that the tying up in a trailer is totally wrong – it would have been quicker and safer to leave him loose in the trailer. How can they claim there was protection of welfare? APHA should be in doubt BAS will not let this appalling unprofessionalism go unchallenged and further action will be taken.”

Duncan Pullar BAS CEO on behalf of the BAS Board

07496 578781  ceo@bas-uk.com