IAFE (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS)
CODE OF SHOW RING ETHICS
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 ďIAFE Code of Show Ring Ethics,Ē 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 shows. 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 and Canada.
The following is a list of guidelines for all exhibitors and all livestock in competitive events:
1) 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 any facts
relating thereto is prohibited.
2) Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers, or absolutely responsible persons shall provide animal health
certificates from licensed veterinarians upon request by fair or livestock show officials.
3) Junior exhibitors are expected to care for and groom their animals while at fairs or livestock shows.
4) 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 animalís 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.
At any time after an animal arrives on the fair or livestock show premises, all treatments involving the
use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal 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 animalís
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.
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 prohibited.
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 animalís 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
10) The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or
absolutely responsible person to have 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 Expos and any special notices to members.
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 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.