SHELBYVILLE, TN – A week after www.billygoboy.com broke the news on the USDA Complaint being filed to decertify S.H.O.W. HIO, the WHR Publisher and Celebration Chairman David L. Howard, truly a conflicted fellow, finally decided to publish the USDA Complaint in The Walking Horse Report.
Referring to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO getting slam dunked by U. S. District Judge in Texas in July 2013, the WHR article says: ” After that ruling, SHOW accepted the Minimum Penalty Protocol prior to the 2013 Celebration and assessed those mandated penalties for violations found.”
What good does it do to “assess” the mandated minimum penalties and not upload them to the APHIS database?
It could do the sore Big Lick Trainer Boyz a lot of good if those – not uploaded – penalties would just disappear forever – which is what many suspect that David L. Howard has told them will happen if ole Doyle Meadows gets to slide in with that “suspect” Independent (NOT) Inspection Services, LLC HIO as was planned before the whistle was blown on the plan.
Who does David L. Howard think he’s fooling when S.H.O.W. HIO obviously isn’t willing to enforce the Horse Protection Act?
The USDA Complaint charges David L. Howard’s S.H.O.W. HIO with 139 Horse Protection Act violations in which it did not assess and enforce minimum penalties on individuals violating the Horse Protection Act.
There’s been a lot written recently about the relationship between David L. Howard and APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea. According to Sound Horse Advocates Teresa Bippen, Donna Benefield and Gary Lane who sat down with APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea last July, Mr. Shea didn’t seem to be as concerned about protection of the Tennessee Walking Horse by enforcing the Horse Protection Act as he did about what enforcing the Horse Protection Act might do to David L. Howard’s Celebration “gate receipts”.
Mr. Shea needs to realize that Horse Protection Act means what it says – PROTECTION.
In 2014, that’s what the public expects Mr. Shea and the USDA to do – protect the horse.
The direction of the United States on horse soring is clearly reflected by the Opinion Poll of the TWHBEA members.
The most recent numbers are 261 members of the House of Representatives and 44 U. S. Senators are co-sponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
The latest two House Members were Austin, Texas Representative Roger Williams (R-TX) (Are you paying attention Everette “Butch” Allen?)and Tim Murphy (R-PA).
The “institutionalized” “regulated” soring has gone on long enough.
It’s time for paradigm change.