PSHA Seeks Clarification of USDA Tech Notes

This morning the attached letter from Performance Show Horse Assoc. Attorney Michael J.Moeddel was delivered to Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Administrator of APHIS. The letter addresses the USDA October 2016 tech notes, seeking clarification of statements made within that document. Specifically the USDA statement regarding the application of the HPA to all breeds and then the seemingly contradiction in further stating ““however certain requirements contained in the HPA regulations only apply to Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking horses, including the prohibitions on the use of certain substances and the competition restrictions and minimum rest periods for 2 year-old horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales and auctions.” PSHA law firm KMK stated in the letter  “As you pointed out the “HPA applies to any horse, regardless of its breed.” The prohibition on applying an irritating or blistering agent, a chemical agent, or any other substance that as a result of such application or injection that causes a horse to be sore is prohibited for horse regardless of its breed.” USDA was asked to clarify this point. To read and download the letter and supporting document  click the following:  psha-to-usda-2016-11-03-161311

 


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