Progress On HPA Released

Progress report on HPA released Thursday, June 29, 2017 Bernadette Juarez, deputy administrator of the USDA’s department of animal care, has issued a progress report on the USDA’s efforts to strengthen its Horse Protection Act program, working relationships, and HPA enforcement. Six months ago, Juarez shared an update on refinements to USDA’s Horse Protection Program and affirmed its commitment to building partnerships to help achieve the purposes of the HPA.. Juarez’s letter, which can be found in its entirety here, highlights the roles ...

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USDA Officially Withdraws Rule

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Today, the USDA officially withdraw the rule that would have eliminated the action device, pads and Horse Industry Organizations. The withdrawal was made public at the Federal Register, where the rule was originally set to be published today, January 24, 2017. On Friday, January 20th, President Trump ordered that all rules submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), but... not yet be published, be suspended pending review by the new administration. The withdrawal suspends any action by the USDA to remove the action devices or pads ...

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Trump Freezes Regulations

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 20, 2017 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES FROM: Reince Priebus Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff SUBJECT: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration. In order to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations, I ask on behalf of the President ...

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USDA Rule Biased and Unlawful

PERFORMANCE SHOW HORSE ASSOCIATION DENOUNCES BIASED AND UNLAWFUL USDA RULE AGAINST WALKING HORSES   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2017   (Shelbyville, Tennessee) Earlier today, the United States Department of Agriculture notified stakeholders such as the Performance Show Horse Association (PSHA) that they have finalized a regulation that, once in place, will devastate the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and the thousands of Tennessee and Kentucky families that depend on the industry for their livelihood.   The rule, expected to ...

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USDA Announces Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Practice of Horse Soring

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2016--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce a high stepping gait through the use of action devices, caustic chemicals, and other practices that cause horses to suffer, or reasonably be expected to suffer physical ...

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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 ...

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INDUSTRY FILES COMMENT ON PROPOSED RULES

from the Walking Horse Report On Tuesday October 25, 2016 Kelley Drye & Warren and attorney Joe Wilson filed the industry’s comment on the USDA’s proposed rule. The USDA’s rule would prohibit the use of pads, action devices, and hoof bands.  In addition, it would eliminate the Horse Industry Organization system and turn all enforcement over to the USDA. The rule would also place tremendous burdens on show management and devastate horse shows across the industry, resulting in significant economic loss for individuals, small businesses, charities and communitie...

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Barr and Desjarlais stand for the HORSE

The following comments were submitted by Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr and Tennessee Congressman Scott Desjarlais to USDA-APHIS on the proposed changes to the Horse Protection Regulations.   desjarlais-aphis-rule-comment

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USDA Concessions

TWH Facts provided this explanation of the effects of the USDA released Bulletin and its supporting materials. The bulletin and the tech notes are available for viewing and download at the bottom of the article. In a bulletin dated October 21, 2016, the USDA announced “Progress on Horse Protection Goals”. While the title of their bulletin struck fear in horse owners, those fears quickly turned to triumph when reading the bulletin. The USDA claims that to enhance their working relationships, create better and more transparent lines of communication, and build ...

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PERFORMANCE SHOW HORSE ASSOCIATION COMMENTS ON REGULATION CHANGES

The Performance Show Horse Association has entered a formal comment into the Federal Register on the proposed changes to the Horse Protection Regulations. PSHA adamantly opposes these Regulation changes. To read this comment click the following

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