NASHVILLE, TN – Two of the seven “invited witnesses” who appeared before Congress on November 13, 2013 testifying in favor of the PAST ACT, weighed in on The Tennessean Editorial appearing in this Sunday’s newspaper.
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON PAST ACT (PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS)
FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES PRESIDENT TERESA BIPPEN
TERESA BIPPEN – PRESIDENT OF FOSH
“Blackburn’s bill absolutely worsens conditions for the Tennessee Walking Horse as if they could get any worse. She wants TN and KY to be in charge of inspections (the two state’s with the very highest HPA violation rates) with input from the Walking Horse Trainers Association whose board members collectively hold over 115 violations. She wants science, well, science in the hands of a dishonest organization gets us nowhere. The largest inspection organization, SHOW, swabbed every horse at the 2012 Celebration and found 2 swabs positive for prohibited foreign substances. Guess what happened when the USDA swabbed the same show? In a random sample of 190 horses, 145 tested positive–which means that 76% were in violation of federal law. It is worse than that, the Repeat Violators Report is 265+ pages long, single space. It is at www.hpadata.us There is only one solution: Republican Congressman Whitfield’s PAST Act.”
SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE – DONNA BENEFIELD
DONNA BENEFIELD – SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE
“This Blackburn bill is designed to maintain control by the violators, and to keep the situation status quo. Blackburn was (recently) paid $70,000 by the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.
One does not have to be a mental giant to understand how the political game is played.
Who is in support of the Whitfield Bill (the PAST Act)? Currently, every veterinary association in all 50 states, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council in D.C., the American Saddlebred Assoc., the United States Equestrian Federation, the Quarter Horse Assoc., to name a few.
As of today we have 50 members of the Senate that support the Whitfield Bill, along with 268 Congressmen. When I was in Washington recently, meeting with Republican Senators and Congressmen, regarding the Whitfield bill, the PAST Act, they asked in amazement, “Who would oppose Whitfield’s Bill?”
I informed them, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who was paid $70,000 by the Trainer’s Assoc. who are the un-indicted felons who are soring the horses. And possibly Senator Lamar Alexander, whose Financial Chairman, Steve Smith, has his own Horse Protection Act citation record regarding a sored horse he was listed as exhibiting.
Recently, I was told that Senator Alexander was too smart to get involved in what was referred to as political suicide, by supporting the Blackburn Bill. Unfortunately, with Tennessee now being labeled in the press as the “Animal Abuse Capitol of the United States”, I guess we will have to wait and see what Senator Alexander decides to do.”
It appears that this issue is about to be front and center in Tennessee.
And it’s about darn time.