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Statement of ethics
Lost Creek Llamas puts llamas' well-being first — before human desires and feelings.
We believe that includes teaching llamas safe and responsible behavior as is necessary for domestic animals who must live with and around humans, and enforcing that behavior is essential, regardless of the emotional or political consequences to ourselves.
We employ handling, training and management practices that minimize risk to llamas' physical and emotional well-being as much as is possible.
We limit our breeding to a few llamas that always produce purebred or true-to-type offspring that are in high demand, and we limit yearly production to the number of babies that we can effectively habituate, train, and interact with on a daily basis.
We guarantee our llamas. We hold that llamas' well-being and buyer satisfaction are inseparable.
We support and participate in llama rescue and rescue prevention. We clean up after our own mistakes when necessary. We don't pretend that we haven't (and won't) make some mistakes; we don't use that as a rationalization to not maximize our efforts to prevent mistakes, either.
At the same time, we acknowledge that we have limits, our time is limited, and that we must make sound, mature choices that prioritize our own continued health and wellbeing as well as the health and wellbeing of the llamas and other animals that we're already committed to. We cannot rescue the world. We can help some ... up to our legitimate (not fantasized) capacities.
If you don't rescue, don't breed
We can do that. Can you?