Code of Ethics

ALL MEMBERS AGREE TO ABIDE BY THIS CODE OF ETHICS WHEN BREEDING AND SELLING REGISTERED AMERICAN GUINEA HOGS.

I will support and uphold the Bylaws and Code of Ethics of the American Guinea Hog Association (AGHA). I will select the boar and sow with an eye to conformation, temperament, and mothering abilities and with a careful study of the breed description. I believe that only those hogs known to be free of serious or disqualifying defects should be used for breeding. I will not breed any hogs with vicious temperaments. I will not breed hogs with known genetic defects that would be detrimental to the longevity of the hog or its offspring. I will not register any hogs with disqualifications addressed in the breed description. As a responsible breeder, I will refrain from using a hog that, although free from serious or disqualifying defects, consistently produces afflicted offspring. I will take steps to prevent uncontrolled reproduction to protect the health of stock. Efforts will be made not to allow the breeding of gilts at a young age such that would be detrimental to their health or the health of the piglets.

HEALTH: I will maintain high standards of care for my hogs and sell only those that are in apparent good health at the time of sale. I will not knowingly sell any hogs with illness or conditions considered unhealthy.

SALES: I will be discriminating in the sales of my hogs/piglets, and concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. I will encourage the purchaser to contact me if the purchaser has any questions and I will respond in a timely manner. For stock to be registered: I will tag, tattoo, notch, or otherwise mark all registered stock before selling per the AGHA registration instructions. I will maintain accurate records of registration numbers of breeding stock. I complete all paperwork in a timely manner for the association and for the buyers. I will complete all applicable transfer papers at the time the purchase is completed or at a time agreeable to both parties if registration is not yet complete.

ADVERTISING: My advertising of hogs/piglets will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication.

I believe breeding purebred American Guinea Hogs involves certain responsibilities, and I will not take these responsibilities lightly.