THETA, TN – It’s high time for the United States Department of Agriculture to stop playing “patti cake man” with the soring Big Lick crowd led by Celebration Chair David L. Howard and his consigliere John T. Bobo, Shelbyville, Tennessee attorney and Celebration Board member. Bobo is the local power behind David L. Howard.
There are 259 Congressmen and 41 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring the HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
The USDA was sued by the Celebration SHOW HIO, David L. Howard and John T. Bobo, over the Mandatory Penalties which were to stop soring.
Secretary Tom Vilsack needs to give marching orders to Krysta Harden, Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to get on with it.
There has never been a more opportune time.
The Big Lick needs to be taken down once and for all.
Sound Horse Nation needs to rise up in outrage over two things:
1. SHOW HIO not being decertified.
2. PSHA or any other Middle Tennessee based Big Lick acronym being certified as a HIO.
Informed sources report that Sound Horse representatives met with Kevin Shea in July 2013 and discussed at length with Shea the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act under his supervision.
In these meetings Kevin Shea allegedly asked Sound Horse reps:
“What do I tell David Howard when he tells me our cracking down on soring will affect the gate count at the Celebration?
Sound Horse reps asked Shea:
“Was Congress concerned about the gate count at the Celebration when it charged the USDA with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to stop the criminal activity of soring Tennessee Walking horses for public entertainment?”
Sound Horse reps asked Shea “Are you the United States Department of Agriculture or the Shelbyville, Tennessee Department of Agriculture”?
Kevin Shea asked the question: What about the economy of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Sound Horse: “Does the health of the Shelbyville economy depend on your looking the other way and not enforcing the law against a criminal enterprise such as soring Tennessee Walking Horses”?
In recent years, the Bedford County and Shelbyville, Tennessee economy has diversified. It now has the Calsonic, and become a distribution center for Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and Amazon.
Informed sources say that Kevin Shea is one of about 60 persons presently on Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s personal e-mail distribution list.
Kevin Shea reports to this man – Edward Avalos.
Here is the USDA Chain of Command:
Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack , Secretary of Agriculture
Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Krysta Harden oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.
Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Ed Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Kevin Shea, Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Chester Gipson, DVM Deputy Administrator – Animal Care, APHIS
The USDA has provided SHOW HIO with notice last August that it was being decertified.
What Has Been Done About This????
The USDA was supposed to provide SHOW HIO with a “show cause” Hearing as to why it should not be decertified.
That has not been done.
Sound Horse Nation needs to ask these USDA officials this week why this has not been done:
Please send them emails and when you get a response, please post it here.
Mr. Vilsack and Ms. Harden, “There will never be a better time to stop the soring”.
The American people are with you on this.
The horses are depending on you to please get it done.