HR 1518 BLOWS THROUGH THE “218” CEILING – MOMENTUM BUILDING IN FAVOR OF BILL PASSAGE – HEARINGS WITH EXPERT WITNESSES WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC  – HR 1518 blew through the 218 Co-Sponsor ceiling like it wasn’t even there.

Congressman Ed Whitfield - Co-Sponsor of HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act

Congressman Ed Whitfield – Co-Sponsor of HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act


There’s now more than enough House Co-Sponsors  to get the measure to the House Floor and the supporters are fast approaching the  240  votes necessary to pass it.

Informed sources say that Congressional Hearings on the Bill will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

A tenative line-up of Witnesses speaking for the Bill include:

DR. RON DEHAVEN, CEO OF AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
W. Ron Dehaven, DVM - CEO, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

JAY HICKEY, PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

DONNA BENEFIELD, EQUINE EXPERT AND CONSULTANT TO TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION (2010)

DONNA BENEFIELD, HORSE PROTECTION  ACT EXPERT

DONNA BENEFIELD, HORSE PROTECTION ACT EXPERT

MARTY IRBY, TWHBEA PRESIDENT (2010 – 2012), WALKING HORSE EXECUTIVE FOR BREEDING OPERATION
Marty Irby Supports HR 1518

TERESA BIPPEN – PRESIDENT, FOSH -FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES, -EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR HUMANE TREATMENT OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES
Teresa Bippen - President, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH)

 

“Big Lick” experts expected to oppose HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, include:

JEFFREY HOWARD, PSHA SPOKESPERSON, EDITOR, THE WALKING HORSE REPORT

Jeffrey Howard, Editor - Walking Horse Report

Jeffrey Howard, Editor – Walking Horse Report

KATHLEEN SPEARS, PSHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BASED IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

KATHLEEN SPEARS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PSHA

KATHLEEN SPEARS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PSHA

JOHN BENNETT,DVM – SHELBYVILLE VETERINARIAN – TESTIFIED IN LARRY JOE WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING

JOHN BENNETT,  DVM

JOHN BENNETT, DVM

 National and international scrutiny of the Congressional Hearings is expected and witnesses testifying  for both sides are expected to face tough questioning from Congressmen.

Representative Marsha Blackburn

CONGRESSWOMAN MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) -FROM GERMANTOWN TO BRENTWOOD.

CONGRESSWOMAN MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) -FROM GERMANTOWN TO BRENTWOOD.

 is the leading opponent and is Vice Chairman of the House Energy And Commerce Committee. Blackburn grilled Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius this past week on  Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare), and is also expected to give it a go with the Bill

THe Bill’s passage is buoyed by the  landslide  vote by  63%  of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry (TWHBEA) members

THE "YEAS" HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE
THE “YEAS” HAVE IT IN A LANDSLIDE

who participated in an Opinion Poll which endorsed Passage of the HR 1518/S.1406. An outstanding  26%  of the TWHBEA membership voted in the Poll.  6,945  postcard ballots were mailed to the TWHBEA members on September 20, 2013. The deadline for the ballots to be returned to Greg Cook, CPA was October 15, 2013.  1,795  of the ballots were counted by Cook and Co and certified poll results were released on October 17, 2013 with  1,132  voting YES and 663 voting NO. The poll results were offered first to TWHBEA, however,  the TWHBEA Executive Committee, now controlled by Big Lick interests, refused to publish the Poll Results on the TWHBEA website and Facebook page.

It is expected that,  along with the expert testimony to be presented, the  63%   landslide TWHBEA poll results regarding passage of HR 1518 will be particularly persuasive  to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, on Manufacturing and Trade.

LEADING TENNESSEE NEWSPAPER – CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS – ENDORSED PASSAGE OF HR 1518/S.1406

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/22/walking-horse-poll-pans-use-of-pads/

published Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Walking horse poll pans use of pads

This Tennessee walking horse is fitted with pads but not chains.

This Tennessee walking horse is fitted with pads but not chains.

Photo by  The Tennessean  /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“Some weeks ago, the nation’s largest Tennessee walking horse group locked in an uproar only slightly less acrimonious than the government shutdown after an executive committee member sponsored her own poll to see how 6,945 members feel about the use of padded shoes and ankle chains “” instruments horse advocates say hide evidence of soring.

Soring is the use of chemicals and contraband items to encourage Tennessee walking horses to step higher and farther to exaggerate the breed’s natural gait. The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association’s executive committee voted in May to support a federal bill that would ban the much-debated pads and chains, but the association’s full board of directors voted not to ratify that action.

Supporters of the bill say the equipment encourages soring and that banning it will restore public confidence in the industry. Detractors say pads and chains are harmless, and removing them will cause fans to turn away from horse shows.

Pat Stout, of Cookeville, Tenn., the association’s vice president for horse shows, took the poll question into her own hands. She paid to mail out postage-paid polling cards and asked members to mark yes or no to the statement: “I am for passage of HR 1518/S 1406 — ‘Prevent All Soring Tactics Act’ — to remove the pads and chains in order to end the public perception of soring and abuse presently associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed, to eliminate HIOs (organizations with lay inspectors rather than federal inspectors) and to increase penalties for soring.”

The cards were to be returned to a certified public accountant in Arab, Ala., by Oct. 15.

On Thursday, Stout released an Oct. 16 letter from that CPA, who certified tabulation of the poll results: 1,795 people, or 26 percent of the TWHBEA members, voted. A majority 63 percent, or 1,132, said they support the bill to ban pads and chains. Nearly 37 percent, or 663, voted “no.”

On Friday, the Tennessee Walking Horse Report, a magazine and online trade publication owned and operated by the David Howard family, active members in the Tennessee walking horse industry, sent out an email titled “TWHBEA Comments on Recent Membership Mailer.”

“In the coming days, you will most likely see the publication of results of a post card mailer that was previously sent with the TWHBEA logo, which was not authorized by the executive committee nor is it a work product of TWHBEA,” the email states. The unsigned message states, “TWHBEA makes no request or requirement that you answer this mailer or do anything whatsoever with the mailer, and you can certainly throw it away if you want.”

The message indicates the card’s mailing is under investigation and the organization suggests “irregularities” in the card’s distribution.

“The bill … has many parts, and we feel that an adequate survey would have addressed the individual components of the bill, giving our members an opportunity to express their true feelings on the various aspects of the proposed legislation. … Please be aware that any publication of the results is not a TWHBEA product,” the email reads.

Stout and her CPA have documents verifying the mail-out numbers, and a 26 percent response to any poll is considered outstanding.

It would seem the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse group that provides the breed’s birth lines and registry have spoken. They want a cleaner sport, and they believe the way to get it is to outlaw pads and chains and make soring a felony.”

This is a developing story.

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One thought on “HR 1518 BLOWS THROUGH THE “218” CEILING – MOMENTUM BUILDING IN FAVOR OF BILL PASSAGE – HEARINGS WITH EXPERT WITNESSES WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 13, 2013

  1. we need to call our REP/SEN,let them know we want the HR1518/S1406 passed.its the right thing to do.with all that is going on in DC can our vote be taken lightly.they work for us not us for them folks.
    Its still we the people the last time I checked.

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