Shows and Exhibitions

The ASPCA is not opposed to animal shows, fairs and exhibitions of breeding and/or performing stock (horse, dog and other animal shows, herding trials, agility, obedience, endurance events, weight-pulling contests, flying disc competitions, lure coursing races, etc.) if held under the auspices of established, well-regulated sponsoring organizations that have clearly stated and vigorously enforced rules against harsh or abusive treatment of both competing and “target” animals.  Appropriate veterinary supervision must also be provided. The ASPCA’s concern extends beyond the show venue to ensuring humane methods of breeding, raising, training, preparing for exhibition, transporting and housing show stock and in providing humane care for animals who are no longer to be used for this purpose.