ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS
NATIONAL CODE OF SHOW RING ETHICS
by the Northwest Washington Fair Board of
Directors on March 11, 1996
Exhibitors of animals at
livestock shows shall at all times deport themselves with honesty and good
sportsmanship. Their conduct in this competitive environment shall always
reflect the highest standards of honor and dignity to promote the advancement
of agricultural education. This code applies to junior as well as open class
exhibitors who compete in structured classes of competition. This code applies
to all livestock offered in any event at a livestock show. In addition to the “IAFE
National Code of Show Ring Ethics,” fairs and livestock shows may have rules
and regulations which they impose on the local, county, state, provincial and
All youth leaders working
with junior exhibitors are under an affirmative responsibility to do more than
avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their moral values must be so
certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by
their fine example. Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers and absolutely
responsible persons who violate the code of ethics will forfeit premiums,
awards and auction proceeds and shall be prohibited from future exhibition in
accordance with the rules adopted by the respective fairs and livestock show.
Exhibitors who violate this code of ethics demean the integrity of all
livestock exhibitors and should be prohibited from competition at all livestock
shows in the United States
following is a list of guidelines for all exhibitors and all livestock in
- All exhibitors must present, upon request
of fair and livestock show officials, proof of ownership, length of
ownership and age of all animals entered. Misrepresentation of ownership,
age, or facts relating thereto is prohibited.
exhibitors, fitters, trainers, or absolutely responsible persons shall
provide animal health certificates from licensed veterinarians upon
request by fair or livestock show officials.
exhibitors are expected to care for and groom their animals while at the
fairs or livestock shows.
- Animals shall be presented to show events
where they will enter the food chain free of violative drug residues. The
act of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of consent by
the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible person
for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva, blood, or
other substances from the animal to be used in testing. Animals not
entered in an event which culminates with the animal entering the food
chain shall not be administered drugs other than in accordance with
applicable federal, state and provincial statutes, regulations and rules.
Livestock shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance
with federal, state and provincial statutes, regulations and rules affect
the animal’s performance or appearance at the event.
If the laboratory report
on the analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or other sample taken from livestock
indicates the presence of forbidden drugs or medication, this shall be prima
facie evidence such substance has been administered to the animal either
internally or externally. It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva,
blood, or other substance tested by the laboratory to which it is sent is the
one taken from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all
procedures of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and
analysis of the sample are correct and accurate and the report received from
the laboratory pertains to the sample taken from the animal in question and
correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time the sample was
taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely
responsible person to prove otherwise.
Administration of drugs of
any kind or description, except for treating a recognized disease or injury and
for the tranquilizing of bulls that may otherwise be dangerous to females in
heat, shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
5. Any surgical procedure or injection of any
foreign substance or drug or the external application of any substance
(irritant, counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal’s
performance or alter its natural contour, confirmation, or appearance, except
external applications of substances to the hoofs or horns of animals which
affect appearance only and except for surgical procedures performed by a duly
licensed veterinarian for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the
animal, is prohibited. Application of adhesives so as to fit the animals hair
6. The use of showing and/or handling
practices or devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using
electrical contrivance, or other similar practices are not acceptable and are
7. Direct criticism or interference with the
judge, fair or livestock show management, other exhibitors, breed
representatives, or show officials before, during, or after the competitive
event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges,
fair and livestock show management, or other show officials shall be treated
with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person shall direct abusive or
threatening conduct toward them.
8. No owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer,
or absolutely responsible person shall conspire with another person or persons
to intentionally violate this code of ethics or knowingly contribute or
cooperate with another person or persons either by affirmative action or
inaction to violate this code of ethics. Violation of this rule shall subject
such individual to disciplinary action.
9. The application of this code of ethics
provides for absolute responsibility for an animal’s condition by an owner,
exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or participant whether or not he or she was
actually instrumental in or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal
in contravention of this code of ethics.
10. The act
of entering an animal is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter,
trainer, or absolutely responsible person to have any disciplinary action taken
by the fair or livestock show for violation of this Code of Show Ring Ethics
and any other rules of competition of the fair or livestock show without
recourse against the fair or livestock show. The act of entering an animal is
the giving of consent that any proceedings or disciplinary action taken by the
fair or livestock show may be published with the name of the violator or
violators in any publication of the International Association of Fairs and
Expositions, including Fairs and Expositions and any special notices to
11. The act
of entering of an animal in a fair or livestock show is the giving of
verification by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely
responsible person that he or she has read the IAFE National Code of Show Ring
Ethics and understands the consequences of and penalties provided for actions
prohibited by the code. It is further a consent that any action which
contravenes these rules and is also in violation of federal, state, or
provincial statutes, regulations, or rules may be released to appropriate law
enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over such infractions.
METHOD TO REGISTER A
a signed letter to the Superintendent of that department. A form letter is
available at the Superintendent’s office.
a current Northwest Washington
Fair exhibitor competing in the same department as the complaint that is being
Management will act upon any and all formal complaints.
NOTE FROM NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIR:
A signed copy of the International Association of Fair and Expositions National
Code of Show Ring Ethics needs to accompany your livestock entry form to the Northwest Washington Fair office. Without the signed code
of ethics your livestock entry form will not be accepted.