THETA, TN – It took over a year for THE American people to obtain the records that their taxpayers dollars paid for the USDA personnel to gather.
Here is the SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 request to APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea.
Riverdale, MD ““ At the 2013 Celebration, the SHOW HIO DQPs did not do their jobs in enforcing the Horse Protection Act. SHOW inspected 1,952* Horses and found a ridiculously low 30 HPA violations.
The USDA VMOs found 70 HPA violations.
That ratio alone is proof that SHOW HIO didn’t adequately protect the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
Here’s more documentation:
FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 30, 2013
On Friday, August 30, 2013, SHOW DQPs found 0 HPA violations of 138 horses inspected.
That is 100% HPA compliance, and it was a lie.
On Friday, August 30, 2013, the USDA VMOs found 11 HPA violations. There were 15 classes, and the VMOs check 2nd and 3rd place horses. That’s 30 horses ““ so be generous and add another 30 to that number ““ 60 horses and VMOs found 11 HPA violations ““ that would be 82% HPA compliance ““ or about 1 in every 5 horses were sore.
SHOW HIO started spinning the 98.4% range HPA compliance baloney before the Celebration was over. Center ring announcer Bobby Sands proudly told the crowd how “Harvard Like” the 98.4% compliance was after Purple Strategies handed it to him to read.
Overall for the Celebration, the USDA VMOs found 2.33 HPA violations for every 1 HPA violation that SHOW HIO did.
Dr. Chester Gipson, will you please go ahead and tell the public how many horses the VMOs inspected so the public will know. Yours and Kevin Shea’s salaries are paid by the taxpayers, and you owe them the truth in this matter.
The simple question is ““ how many horses did USDA VMOs inspect?
It is not a complicated question.
The USDA has that information, and so far, the USDA has not provided it.
The public has a “right to know” because, as stated, SHOW HIO is “spinning” a false 98.4% HPA compliance rate.
The USDA should provide the information now.
Here is what the USDA released to the public on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
OFFICIAL FINAL USDA NUMBERS
AUG. 22 ““ AUG. 31*
TOTAL INSPECTED 1,952*
HPA VIOLATIONS 110
HORSES DISQUALIFIED 100
* VMO 70
* DQP 30
The reason that SHOW DQPs didn’t do their jobs writing tickets was due to the effect that the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” would have on the Trainers, Horses and Owners. SHOW waited until the last minute to adopt the MP on August 19, 2013.
One esteemed colleague has comments and give the USDA the benefit of the doubt:
“For the TWH on September 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm said:
I doubt they’re stonewalling. They have a lot of data to gather, and they usually release the report as a compilation of all of the shows they’ve been to. Plus I’m sure they’re writing warning letters and taking care of suspensions and such.”
My answer to my colleague is, I believe they are stonewalling. Why, because they dohave the information and so far, have not provided it.
Here is what they came out with after the 2012 Celebration. In this report, the USDA blended its numbers with in with SHOW and no one could tell who inspected what.
“USDA APHIS “2012 TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION RESULTS”
“Given the interest in the enforcement of the HPA at this year’s Celebration, USDA wanted to post preliminary inspection results now, rather than at the end of the year. This year, USDA and DQPs inspected 1,849 horses and found 166 violations ““ an approximate 9% violation rate. This rate is slightly lower than the 9.5% violation rate from the 2011Celebration, during which 2,143 horses were inspected and 203 violations were found.”
For the TWH, it would be a travesty for USDA to do that this time because it would allow SHOW to foist off this wonderful trend of its stringent enforcement of the HPA. That would allow SHOW HIO to say we improved to 95% compliance from 91% in 2012.
Dr. Gipson, you of all people know, that since they sued you over the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” and since they refused to the last minute to put the MP in its rulebook, that SHOW HIO after finding only 30 HPA violations at the 2013 Celebration is playing games enforcing the HPA.
For the USDA to lump everything together with SHOW HIO in 2013 like it did in 2012 is NOT going to hack it.
Dr. Gipson, are you going to sing “Kumbaya” with the folks who can’t find sore horses or are you going to tell it like it is?
It is vitally important that the USDA provide the public with the actual number of Horses the VMOs inspected It’s either do that or end up partnering with SHO HIO instead andlumping everything together which will SHOW to look like it has a 98.4% HPA compliance rate which is pure garbage.
Look at these numbers
2013 100 Violations ““ 1,952 Inspected
2012 166 Violations ““ 2,293 Inspected
2011 203 Violations – 2,143 Inspected
2010 255 Violations ““ 2,574 Inspected
2009 197 Violations ““ 2,618 Inspected
There is nothing the Celebration/SHOW HIO would like better than to have a trend showing how great things are with its enforcing the HPA when nothing could be further than the truth.
Here is the truth.
SHOW HIO DQPs sat on their hands in enforcing the HPA because of the effect of the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties. The following “SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION” proves it:
SHOW VIOLATIONS AT CELEBRATION
Dr. Gipson, my humble job is to speak truth to power.
I ask you and your superior Kevin Shea to please do that right thing, and if you make us wait a week or a report, rather than provide the solid information necessary for the public to know the truth now, at least please be candid in the report and include the facts which demonstrate that SHOW HIO is not enforcing the Mandatory “Minimum Penalties” by simply not writing HPA violation tickets.
The Good Book says “Joy Cometh In The Morning” Psalm 30, but 391 days is a long time to wait for “Joy” when there was no good reason for the American people or their elected officials to have had to wait in the first place.
Somebody has got some ‘splaining to do’ as we say up here at Theta.