Livestock show ethics, animal welfare task force being formed

Paul Coreil, Bogren, Richard C.  |  1/30/2009 11:14:55 PM

News Release Distributed 01/30/09

The LSU AgCenter is joining with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a livestock show ethics and animal welfare task force, according to LSU AgCenter officials.

The task force is being formed to educate youth and adults around the state about the traditions, values and ethics involved with raising and exhibiting livestock, officials said.

The task force will address show ethics and animal welfare issues that have become topics of interest throughout the United States, according to Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter.

“This task force will promote the importance of show ethics, proper animal care and welfare, and fair play as core requirements for livestock exhibition-related 4-H and FFA youth leadership and character development projects,” Coreil said.

The task force will include LSU AgCenter livestock, veterinary and youth development specialists, Louisiana Department of Agriculture veterinarians and State Brand Commission enforcement officers. Their efforts will include show event outreach that focuses on state laws dealing with animal welfare, show rules, regulations and enforcement, officials said.

“Addressing livestock show ethics in a proactive way through task force initiatives will go far in maintaining and achieving the high ethical standards and good character that continues to be major objectives of all 4-H and FFA educational activities,” Coreil said. “This partnership between the LSU AgCenter, 4-H, FFA and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture is a step in the right direction and is supported statewide.

“LSU AgCenter faculty members across Louisiana work to develop successful livestock and horse shows for all Louisiana youth,” Coreil added. “Over the years, our efforts have helped youth from the state develop the key skills they need to be strong competitors and well-rounded individuals both today and into the future.”

A major purpose of the youth animal projects is to teach young people how to feed, fit and show their animals, he added. A more important purpose is to provide an opportunity for personal growth and development of the youth caring for these animals.

“4-H and FFA livestock programs are about raising champion youth as much as champion livestock,” said Dr. Mike Strain, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry. “Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are cornerstones in building character. All of these traits can be learned and honed in the livestock competition.

“LDAF and the LSU AgCenter will work together to promote an ethical and fair environment for our youth to compete in Louisiana Junior Livestock Shows,” Strain added.

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Contact: Paul Coreil at (225) 578-6083 or pcoreil@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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