For those who don’t know the meaning of this word, the Webster Dictionary
states: “a system or set of moral principles”
There are ethics that everyone should know as they apply to every day life.
However there are ethics that are common mistakes made by beginners.
Some are mistakes that most of us probably made, as we were not told that
this was wrong when first starting out, so had no other way of knowing.
The first that comes to mind is pedigrees. When first starting out some people
change the surname on the pedigrees of rabbits that they buy. The surname
is to be of the breeder who bred the rabbit, not who currently owns the rabbit
and should not be changed. The surname would be Smith’s in “Smith’s Bob”,
Bob being the rabbit’s call name. Unless the breeder says otherwise, it’s best
to leave the call name as is on the pedigree. You can name the rabbit
whatever you want, but the pedigree should not be changed.
If you buy a rabbit where on the pedigree the place for the name of the rabbit is
blank, if you know the breeder’s surname put it in there along with the name
you gave the rabbit. If you don’t know it, just put the rabbit’s name there. Do not
put your surname, as that will be dishonest as you did not breed the animal.
Sometimes you might buy a rabbit where it just says “Smith’s” with no name
for the rabbit. You can fill in what you name the rabbit after the surname.
If you have a website, make sure to include the breeder’s surname on it
where you have the rabbit’s name. When people come to your site, they want
to know who your rabbits are out of.
When showing rabbits, the judge is not to know whose rabbit is whose. This
means do not tell them which is yours, point it out, even if to someone else, or
anything else. Also do not ask people which one is their’s.
Judges should also step away from the table as rabbits come up. I have seen
judges stand there and watch whose rabbits were whose. I have also seen
breeders who make sure that the judge sees which one is their’s. I have also
seen breeders at the show tables trying to talk up a rabbit, saying loud
enough for the judge to hear that they thought it was a beautiful rabbit. None of
these should be done.
When showing in youth, something I really could not stand was when adults
would show rabbits under their kid’s names just so they could show in easier
competition and win sweepstakes contests. If their kids were at the show with
them, that would be one thing. But these adults never have any kids with them,
and would take the rabbit up themselves, even though in the ARBA show rules
it states that youth rabbits must be carried to the table by youth. I have even
seen where in one day the adult will have the rabbit enter in their name in
open, whereas the next day that rabbit will be entered in the youth show under
the kid’s name.
If rabbits are joint owned by an adult and a kid, that rabbit should never be
entered in a youth show. If it’s registered under both of their names, it’s not
allowed to be in youth shows.
Faking. This means: “To alter the natural appearance of the rabbit”
Acts of faking include: plucking white hairs, using tattoo ink to make white nails
black or cover up white hairs, dying, etc.
In the Standard of Perfection, under ARBA Disqualifications from Competition
for all breeds, faking is listed. A rabbit disqualified for faking could result with
the exhibitor’s entire show entry being disqualified.
“Thou shall not steal”
This is one of the 10 commandments. Stealing is not just stealing an object
from a store or from a person. The Webster Dictionary defines this word as:
“to take the property of another without permission or right”
I have heard some people say that they have had someone take words or
pictures from their website without permission, and then claiming them as
their own. I, myself, have had this problem in the past. This is wrong, as this is
their property. Taking another person’s words is plagiarism. The dictionary
definition of plagiarism being:
“the unauthorized use of the language and thoughts of another author and the
representation of them as one’s own”
Once someone writes something, it is automatically copyrighted as their own.
Don’t understand what copyright means? Go to whatiscopyright.org.
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