UNPROTECTED HORSES THANKS TO KEVIN SHEA AND CHESTER GIPSON, DVM
WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Kevin Shea, neither you nor Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM are above the Law. The public pays your salaries, and the public has a right to know how you are doing your jobs. And if you are not doing your jobs, WHY you are not doing them.
You each appear to be conspiring to limit access to information to which the public has a right to know. That gentlemen is about to end. You are apparently stonewalling the public from knowing what you are and you are not doing where the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act is concerned.
That is not acceptable.
The public does have a right to know.
And will know, sooner rather than later.
The Horse Protection Act was enacted to protect innocent Tennessee Walking Horses against cruelty, pain and abuse practiced by the sore Big Lick Trainers to satisfy their addict customers and enable people like Celebration Chairman David L. Howard to become extraordinarily wealthy.
Gentlemen, you both enforced the Horse Protection Act from March 1, 2014 until May 28, 2014.
Then, you stopped!
- Mr. Shea, are you playing politics afraid that Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might threaten the USDA’s overall funding over this particular issue if the Republicans take control of the U. S. Senate in November 2014? Like the Rogers-McConnell duo has done in the past?
- Mr. Gipson, are you so close to retirement that you just don’t want to rock the boat, or is there a sore Big Lick connection you have that is influencing you that has just not yet come to light, yet?
- Has some type of undue influence been exerted against either of you, or possible enticementa offered to either of you for you to not do your jobs and consistently enforce the Horse Protection Act like you were doing from March 1, 2014 to May 28, 2014 – when you abruptly stopped?
Sirs, below is a list of the names of 843 Tennessee Walking Horses.
All of them from 2007 – 2013 were found to be sore.
Two of the Horses you did NOT protect were in the news yesterday.
GIN TODDY – 3 HORSE PROTECTION ACTION VIOLATION CITATIONS
“SHOCK IT TO ME” TRAINED BY LARRY JOE WHEELON – MARYVILLE, TN – THREE HPA VIOLATION CITATIONS #317, 416 AND JULY 12, 2014
JACKIE MCCONNELL “SHOCKING” IT TO A BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
Mr. Shea and Mr. Gipson, seriously, how do you sleep at night having enforced the law for 90 days, then suddenly stopping?
Have you become so hardened and insensitive that you just don’t care to be troubled with doing your jobs?
People who have previously met with you report that you seem overly concerned with “Gate Receipts” which are generated from the exhibition of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Sirs, seriously, what are you thinking about?
If you think people are not watching you, you are wrong.
If you think you can get away with not consistently enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring and abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses like you have been since May 28, 2014, you are wrong about that, too.
You had it right from March 1, 2012 to May 28, 2014.
Last week, a scheduled meeting of the USDA Office of General Counsel and APHIS Attorney Frank Martin with three highly credentialed Sound Horse Advocates regarding the USDA;s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act was abruptly cancelled by the USDA on 48 hours notice. The meeting in part was to address APHIS Attorney Frank Martin’s woeful ineffectual use of “Form 7060s” to clear his docket, instead of prosecuting Horse Protection Act violations as he should.
Yet, the week following “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, informed sources report that APHIS Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson, DVM found time to have a lengthy meeting with sore Big Lick Horse Trainers, WHTA President Mickey McCormick and sore Big Lick old timers Gary Edwards and Jimmy McConnell, brother of Jackie McConnell. What was the purpose of this meeting? What was discussed? What new was there to discuss?
Gentlemen, why did you meet with the sore Big Lick Horse Sorers McCormick, Edwards and McConnell – and not see the Sound Horse Representatives?
A year ago, the following story appeared on www.billygoboy.com that Sound Horse Advocates W. Ron Dehaven, DVM, AVMA CEO; Donna Benefield, Teresa Bippen and Gary Lane were meeting with U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. At that time, there were approximately 125 Congressmen co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
“U. S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will welcome today a nationally recognized contingent of equine authorities who will spend an hour with the Secretary speaking on behalf of the Tennessee Walking Horse and freely discussing a wide range of matters including the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, and other serious TWH related issues.”
A year later, with over 300 Congressmen co-sponsoring the PAST ACT, the “nationally recognized contingent of equine authorities” W. Ron Dehaven, AVMA CEO, Donna Benefield and Teresa Bippen apparently cannot or have not obtained an appointment to see the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM failure to uniformly and consistently enforce the Horse Protection Act to “Protect The Horses”.
Nephew Eugene thinks its high time for those 300 PAST ACT co-sponsors to call for a Congressional Investigation to find out who or what has put the “Hoodoo” on APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to keep them from “Protecting The Horses”.
THE LIST OF 843 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE VICTIMS OF SORING AND ABUSE