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.
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 ...
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.
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First and foremost, it is imperative to recognize and express thoughtful gratitude to every single donor who has contributed to the FAST Legal/Preservation Fund before, during and following the Celebration show during which we met our Phase I fundraising goal. If it were not for the generosity of our industry, we would not have been able to achieve the progress we have made in our quest to preserve the show horse industry for future generations to come.
Second, we must recognize that a legal effort of this magnitude versus a government entity is no small ...
From the Walking Horse Report
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, through its counsel Kelley Drye & Warren, sent a letter to USDA-APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea requesting APHIS officials conduct lawful inspections at the upcoming 78th Annual Celebration. In the letter, The Celebration reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the welfare of all horses competing. “The Association is fully supportive of all lawful measures that ensure compliance at the Celebration by those subject to the HPA.”
The letter specifically requested the following:
$500,000 goal for the initial funding for the legal action by the industry against the Rulemaking changes has been attained. Thank you TWH industry.
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Join the fight! We need your comments opposing the proposed rule changes to the Horse Protection Act. You can make your voice heard by following our link to the Federal Register site. Comments must be entered by September 26, 2016. If you are attending the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, you can drop written comments at the Walking Horse Report office on the Celebration grounds from 5pm - 10pm each evening during the show, or stop by our table under the grandstands next to the Blue Ribbon Club. To register a comment online
from the Walking Horse Report
The Celebration is disappointed with the proposed rule issued by the USDA-APHIS. The rule is deficient in its intended objectives and will have a devastating impact on the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and thus The Celebration, the community of Shelbyville and all those communities and charities impacted by our great breed.
The Celebration is adamantly opposed to soring of any kind and has done more than the Horse Protection Act requires to eliminate soring at its horse show. It has been extremely frustrating and disappointing ...