Demand 4-H & FFA Cattle Doping Ban
Beef Additive Alert™, a new national consumer action campaign, demands the USDA-NIFA’s 4-H program & the U.S. Education Department-led Future Farmers of America organizations STOP allowing kids to cheat in the Show Ring – by permitting the use of muscle-bulking, performance-enhancing cattle drugs known as beta agonists. We urge these federal government entities, which oversee the educational youth programs, to adopt IMMEDIATE anti-doping, anti-cheating beta agonist policies regarding these cattle supplements. These educational organizations, considered two of the finest in America, are supposed to encourage good character, accountability & ethical decision-making. Sign Petition NOW!
Feed Drugs Marketed to Kids
Zilpaterol and Ractopamine are controversial FDA-approved livestock feed additives, which unnaturally beef up cattle muscle & weight. We are appalled that 4-H & FFA child participants are a target market of Zilpaterol advertising, with catchy phrases like ‘The Competitive Advantage You Can’t Win Without!’ and ‘Essential Show Feeds.’
Beef Additive Alert ™ exclusively reports that sometime Saturday, August 17, 2013, the latter company’s website header, complete with pics of show ring children, flanked by their animals – was removed. The company name & logo were changed from ‘Essential Show Feeds’ to ‘Essential Feeds’. We have a before/after comparison here.
Doping & Cheating is Wrong
No matter how it is sliced, doping cattle for an unfair show ring advantage is morally wrong. Period. It teaches our nation’s impressionable youngsters that cheating is fine & dandy. In this day and age, where sports doping is 100% prohibited, Beef Additive Alert™ is outraged that 4-H & FFA child show ring competitions allow aggressive performance-enhancing cattle drugs, even though beta agonists are FDA-approved. Where is the disclosure?
Crossed Ethical Line?
Beef Additive Alert™ wonders if we as a society have crossed the ethical line by accepting these products and by encouraging children to dope cattle for a competitive show ring advantage.
Renowned Ag Scientist Shocked
“I am concerned that children will feed too much beta agonists to steers and cause animal welfare problems. I also think that marketing beta agonists to kids and encouraging them to bulk up their animal with a drug teaches poor values,” renowned USA Agricultural Scientist Temple Grandin, who spoke exclusively with Beef Additive Alert™.
Animal Welfare Concern
Professor Grandin has observed heat stress, lameness, hoof problems and aggressiveness in feedlot cattle fed beta agonists. “In hot weather, I have seen open mouth panting and a few animals were non-ambulatory (not able to walk) after fed beta agonists”.
Feed Additive Banned Worldwide
Beta agonist drugs are so controversial, the 27-member European Union, Russia, China, Taiwan and 160 other countries ban or restrict them.
Cattle Doping Teaches Bad Lesson
The 4-H & FFA livestock programs’ main purpose is to “create an atmosphere that encourages good character, accountability and ethical decision making”. Beef Additive Alert™ passionately believes allowing kids to dope show ring cattle with beta agonists creates an atmosphere of bad character, irresponsibility and corruption. Competitively, it’s not fair that some children feed cattle muscle-bulking drugs, while others do not. Where is the transparency?
Violates Educational Objectives
The irony of it all is that doping cattle to cheat is contrary to the 4-H motto and slogan which states: “To make the best better” AND “Learn by doing”.
Sign Our Petition
Sign Petition Here. Beef Additive Alert™ asks Americans to join us to demand the USDA-NIFA & U.S. Department of Education-FFA adopt IMMEDIATE beta agonist anti-doping, anti-cheating policies in 4-H & Future Farmers of America educational programs. We also want to send a strong message – that marketing to children muscle-bulking cattle feed additives is morally wrong. Your voice matters. Take a stand against aggressive performance-enhancing cattle drugs in the show ring. Spread the word on Twitter & Facebook. Sign the Change.org petition now!