WASHINGTON, DC – The one thing that U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Assistant Secretary – Congressional Liaison Todd Batta, and USDA officials Krysta Hardin, Ed Avalos, Kevin Shea, Chester Gipson, DVM and Rachel Cezar, DVM all have in common – each one is paid by the American taxpayers.
They are public servants and they work for the American taxpayers.
America saw last Saturday what happens when a public servant like Chester Gipson, DVM goes rogue. Gipson ignored the requests made by 59 members of Congress, and the instructions of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, when he unilaterally decided not to pull the shoes and inspect the bottoms of the front feet of “I AM JOSE”.
… because of the increasing incidence of pressure shoeing in recent years, we ask that the Department make good on past threats to remove shoes and pad packages as part of its inspection. This should be done on a random basis, as well as for any horse whose appearance, gait and behavior suggests that it may have been pressure-shod, especially in aged stallion classes and for the World Grand Championship.”
As said previously, Dr. Gipson either needs to retire, resign, be reassigned or be fired.
Today, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. which is presently being decertified by the USDA, released its 2014 Celebration inspection numbers.
CELEBRATION S.H.O.W. HIO INSPECTION NUMBERS:
1,562 ““ pre-show entries inspected
195 ““ post-show entries inspected
1,757 ““ total entries inspected
3 ““ bilateral
7 ““ scar rule
3 ““ foreign substance
1 ““ open lesion (non HPA)
4 ““ unacceptable (non HPA)
1 ““ illegal shoeing ““ 1 (non HPA)
Now, it’s the USDA’s turn to release its numbers – NOT the numbers it usually releases where Chester Gipson, DVM blends the USDA numbers in with the S.H.O.W. HIO numbers, and nobody can make any real sense of them.
The USDA needs to release the REAL numbers – the numbers which allow the public to compare and see what the real difference is with “SELF REGULATION” that the discredited and disgraced fraudulent “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee and the Celebration’s S.H.O.W. HIO want to foist upon the public, and the objective science based inspections such as thermography used by the USDA Vet inspectors.
If not, people get an idea that the fraudulent 96% compliance is real.
And Representatives and Senators believe the fraudulent 96% is real.
And Federal Appellate Judges believe the fraudulent 96% is real.
Celebration Chairman David L. Howard published that on Thursday, August 21, 2014, the USDA inspected 38 horses and 21 of them were turned down, a whopping 55%.
This time, the USDA needs to release REAL NUMBERS.
The public has a right to know how many Horses that the USDA vets inspected, and how many Horses were turned down as sore, and what the alleged offenses are.
For the USDA not to provide the public with this information would be outrageously unacceptable.
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and his 304 PAST ACT co-sponsors need to demand that the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack instruct APHIS Administrators Kevin Shea and Chester Gipson, DVM to immediately publicly release the following numbers:
- Total number of horses inspected by USDA Vets.
- Total number of horses turned down by USDA Vets.
- How many horses turned down were big lick (pads/stacks)”
- How many horses turned down were flat shod?
- Bi-Lateral sore
- Unilateral sore
- Scar rule
- Foreign substance
And they need to do it right now.
The USDA numbers needs to be provided for each day:
For years, Deputy Aphis Administrator Chester Gipson has acquiesced in allowing people like Big Lick PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard to brag about a “Partnership” with the USDA where it comes to inspecting Tennessee Walking Horses. The words “compliant” (a compliant horse is a sore horse which made it through inspection) and “most inspections of any equine breed” are pompously proclaimed.
The idea of a “Partnership” when the USDA is charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring – not regulate it – is repugnant and unacceptable.
Please call Congressman Ed Whitfield – 202-225-3115 and encourage him to call upon the USDA to provide the real numbers.
And email Assistant Agriculture Secretary Todd Batta and request the same.
The public does have a right to know.