BRENTWOOD, TN – FOSH President Teresa Bippen issued the following Press Release today that “7060 Warning Letters” from the USDA are now being entered into the database maintained by FOSH. The FOSH database www.hpadata.us provides transparency and accountability regarding HPA violations, and now the “7060 Warning Letters” which the USDA presently utilizes rather than prosecuting cases. It appears the USDA utilizes the “7060” device to eliminate a backlog of unprosecuted HPA violation cases which are subject to Congressional review. The Warning Letter has proven to be no deterrent to stop soring.
Allegedly, the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ throw the “7060 Warning Letters” in the waste basket upon getting them out of the mail box. FOSH appears to be concerned that the increase in the agency’s use of “Warning Letters” needs to documented.
FOSH Announces Hundreds of Violations Added to Database
March 27, 2014
Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) announces that it added nearly 1,500 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 7060s for Horse Protection Act (HPA) violations to its database, www.hpadata.us. A Form 7060 is an official warning of an alleged violation of the Horse Protection Act, and is a notice to an individual that the USDA’s Animal Plant Health and Inspection Services (APHIS) may seek civil or criminal penalties in the future if he or she violates this federal law again. Many 7060s are issued for foreign substance findings, which occur when show swabs are sent to a lab, and gas chromatography detects illegal substances used to sensitize a horse’s front pasterns for higher reaction to chains.
Until recently, the website did not report 7060s; however, as the (USDA) increased its issuance of 7060s, FOSH input the newly released information into the database. The website database is accessible to the public and provides 28 years’ of HPA and soring violations alphabetically by violator, allowing concerned horse owners to investigate a seller or trainer’s prior violation history. As of this date, there are over 12,500 HPA violations and a “Repeat Violators” report with hundreds of single-spaced pages listing violators with multiple HPA violations.
Soring of horses is the cruel and deliberate infliction of chemical or mechanical pain upon a horse’s hooves and limbs to create an unnatural, exaggerated, high stepping gait for the show ring. Soring is a major animal abuse issue that has been illegal for over forty years under the federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) yet the practice is still widespread in some show rings. To end soring, FOSH supports the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) bill which closes loopholes in current law. PAST has widespread support including the 88,000 member American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Horse Council, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the United States Equestrian Federation.
FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH, the only national organization that represents multiple gaited breeds, or to become a member, please visit www.fosh.info.
Nephew Eugene has serious doubts that “7060 Warning Letters” do much to protect “The Horses”