SHELBYVILLE, TN – Like the resurgence of the proverbial Kudzu vine, the sore Big Lick has now mounted an offensive designed to stave off the USDA from protecting “The Horses”. So far, the Sound Side appears to be having trouble mastering the use of Twitter to help “Protect The Horses”. #PASSTHEPASTACT
The sore Lickers which include – PSHA, David L. Howard’s Celebration, the infamous S.H.O.W. HIO, and others have hired Honorable Phillip Kunkel of Gray Plant Law firm, of St. Cloud, Minnesota to get something done to stop the USDA from enforcing the Horse Protection Act.
In the old days, all it took was a couple of telephone calls to Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who would then threaten the Secretary of Agriculture with a loss of funding for other programs if the Horse Protection Act was enforced to eliminate soring. The USDA would promptly back off HPA enforcement.
Now with over 60% of the United States, including the United States Congress, FOR passage of the PAST ACT #PASSTHEPASTACTNOW , things have to be done with a little more finesse.
On April 2, 2014, Lawyer Kunkel wrote a letter on behalf of the sore Lickers protesting to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the USDA’s 2014 enforcement of the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring – not just regulate it.
Not receiving any response from Secretary Vilsack, and with the 2014 Sore Big Lick Show Season and David L. Howard’s Ad Sales slipping away, on April 17, 2014, Lawyer Kunkel wrote a letter to the USDA Office of General Counsel and the Office of Inspector General complaining about the USDA’s enforcement of the HPA Act.
The letter specifically protested the 2014 scar rule standards and the use of Science Based Objective Inspection Thermography. The sore side is also upset the DQPs are being issued Letters of Warning from the USDA Office of General Counsel when they do not comply with the new standards for inspecting horses to determine if they are sore. They are also upset the USDA VMOs are taking a “no nonsense approach” with the DQPs in communicating the standards by which horses are to be inspected.
Lawyer Kunkel accompanied his letter with Affidavits from self-serving sources including the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO DQP Coordinator Mitchell Butler. Butler attempts to “tell on” the courageous VMOS who are using the Science Based Objective Inspections of Thermography to find the scars caused by training Horses with chains. And the VMOs are also using their “eyes” to see the wrinkles from scars which have been removed by surgery or salicylic acid.
Previously the DQP standard was if you could flatten the “wrinkle” with your finger, and it wasn’t inflamed or oozing, no scar was found. Of course, the flat shod horses don’t have these “mysterious” wrinkles on the back of their pasterns. You get scars on feet when you stack chains like in this picture. Go ask the Saviour Horse “HONORS” about this. Informed sources say the scars on BOTH of the horse’s front feet were atrocious at the 2013 Celebration.
To be sure that everything the USDA is doing to protect “The Horses” was on the up and up, Nephew Eugene contacted a Theta boy, Randolph, who went off to the Vanderbilt University Law School, and has done made good.
Randolph says the USDA has an “evolving inspection approach”, and in no way does it conflict with the text of the inspection regulation under the HPA. Randolph says when advances are made in technology used to find soring, they can be implemented by the USDA without obtaining the permission or approval from the sore side, and that is what has been done in enforcing the scar rule in 2014.
Randolph says he finds it awfully strange that a group of sore Big Lickers who claim to want Science Based Objective Instructions have a problem with Thermography.
Randolph also thinks the Letters of Warning and trying to hook up the Retinal Scanning Program with “Once Sore, Always Sore” , a 1995 Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals case, Rowland vs. The United States, involving a horse named Quarterback Stock is amusing. But that is a story for another day. By the way, Randolph was “right on” from day one when he predicted the outcome of the Texas federal lawsuit by the Lickers against the USDA.
Here is USDA “Pit Bull” consultant Dr. Tracy Turner who can ‘splain Thermography.
The valiant determined effort by the USDA to protect “The Horses” has caused a state of desperation in the Land of sore Lickerville.
They hauled a disgraced lame duck Congressman Scott Desjarlais (R-TN) to Dr. John Bennett’s vet clinic, where scarred horses go to have their scars removed. While there, Desjarlais lent himself for a photo-op of him digitally palpating a quarantined horse trained by Trainer BOYZ Herbert Derickson. WHATTAJAYROE was present along with Celebration CEO Mike Inman. Walking Horse Report employee Sharon Higginbotham who also has an HPA citation record wrote the story.
It will soon appear on the pages of the Walking Horse Report.
The PAST ACT will put the sore Big Lick out of business, but even without the PAST ACT, the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act by the people’s servant the USDA is putting David L. Howard and Steve Smith’s sore Big Lick out of business.
It makes you wonder if U. S. Senator Lamar #OUTOFTOUCHALEXANDER will lend himself to any of this. #PASSTHEPASTACT
SORE BIG LICK LETTER TO SECRETARY TOM VILSACK – APRIL 2, 2014
SORE BIG LICK LETTER TO USDA OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL AND OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL – APRIL 17, 2014
The sore side is combining the legal letter writing approach by Minnesota attorney Kunkel, with a Flash Card Twitter Campaign coordinated by a Mississippi girl, Joy Smith, who manages a Memphis Law Firm and whose passion is the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
Smith recently pulled off the “ThunderClap” success for the sore Big Lick side.
Here are some examples of Smith’s Flashcards which are circulating around the internet.
Some think the Sound Side has gotten too fat and happy lately because they think that things are in the bag.
Radar says they definitely are not.