WASHINGTON, DC – All eyes are on the USDA officials to see if they finally mean business on enforcing the Horse Protection Act. The word circulating out of Shelbyville is it could be true that the USDA actually intends to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
But most people doubt that they will because the USDA simply has not done so in the past.
And the 139 HPA violations by S.H.O.W. HIO under minimum penalties still have not been uploaded to the USDA HPA database.
Has David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick painted itself into a corner.
Two weeks ago, they rolled out the BLACKBURN BILL TO ENABLE SORING.
Then David L. Howard’s Celebration/PSHA sore Big Lick bunch built their program around two things:
- 98.6% compliance with HPA.
- Objective science based inspections.
The last thing the sore Big Lick bunch counted on was the USDA just simply enforcing the Horse Protection Act. So this past weekend when the Lickers interpreted the DQP training session in Shelbyville to possibly mean that could actually happen, all Hell broke loose.
If it’s a wrinkle, it’s a scar, and that means 60 days under minimum penalties.
Next one is six months.
Next one is a year.
Now you know why the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO sued the USDA in Federal Court in Texas to keep the minimum penalties from being enforced.
In typical Trainer BOYZ tradition, they were going to call off the 46th National Trainers Show.
They told David L. Howard, “You know we can’t live with the USDA enforcing the law.”
The idea of calling off the Trainers Show got the addicted owners some upset. And in the words of the late Claude Crowley, owner of Pride’s Generator once said, “What are we going to do with them, plow them?”
After paying training, farriers and vets all winter, the addicted sore Big Lick Owners told the Trainer BOYZ, “you better show our horses at the Trainer’s Show this week or we will find someone who will.”
So the Trainer BOYZ, who only have about 100 dues paying members left and lost their building two weeks ago, are going to “let the show go on”.
One might ask how not enforcing the Horse Protection Act became something for which the USDA is known. In the past the USDA grew comfortable delegating the enforcement of the Federally mandated Horse Protection Act to the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO. Most say it was due to direct threats by politicians like U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) threatening to interfere with the USDA funding for other programs.
That is the world to which sore Big Lick TWHBEA President Steve Smith is accustomed. The only problem is its 2014 – not 1997.
The climate has changed and the public is behind the PAST ACT with 50 Senators and 268 Representatives along with an intense public focus by social media demanding that APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM stop “regulating soring” and instead enforce the HPA to “eliminate soring”.
We’ll soon see if the USDA means business, or they will continue to ENABLE SORING by not enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM need to come through this time.
Radar says he will believe it when he sees it.