SHELBYVILLE, TN – The USDA harmed the chances of the PAST ACT by not obtaining and providing the swab test results for “Foreign Substance” from the 2014 Celebration until late last week. The USDA test results were finally made public on December 31, 2014, after being provided to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper by, according to informed sources, the office of Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).
To date, there is no link to the results on the USDA website and no information what the foreign substances were.
At the 2014 Celebration, the USDA took 125 swab samples and 65 tested positive for foreign substances. (52% positives)
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) made no final push for the PAST ACT before it died on December 11, 2014. Congressman Whitfield’s last public statement on the PAST ACT was July 31, 2014. His office was active during August/September 2014 urging the USDA to vigorously enforce the Horse Protection Act, and to obtain an account from the USDA on the 2014 HPA inspections as well as those for 2012 and 2013.
Congressman Whitfield has not yet publicly thanked the supporters of the PAST ACT who worked hard to pass it.
Representative Whitfield and his wife, Ms. Connie Harriman-Whitfield, are presently at the center of an unresolved House Ethics Investigation. The focus is whether or not Congressman Ed Whitfield and his staff were improperly lobbied and influenced on the PAST ACT by his wife, Ms. Harriman-Whitfield, who is an employee of The Humane Society Of The United States. Ms. Harriman-Whitfield answers directly to HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle. The investigation also explores if the HSUS received benefits as a result of the alleged lobbying of Congressman Whitfield and his staff by Ms. Harriman-Whitfield. And there was an allegation of West Virginia resort real estate jointly with the Whitfields and a lobbyist who had business before Committees on which Congressman Whitfield served.
PHOTO PUBLISHED ON JULY 17, 2014 IN KENTUCKY INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
Emails from HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle were made public in the OCE investigation which show that Mr. Pacelle, in December 2013, contemplated using his influence to persuade lame duck Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to seek a Senate Floor Vote/Cloture on the Bill if two conditions were met: 1. 50 Senators co-sponsored and 2. Approval by Senate Commerce Committee. The conditions were met on April 9, 2014, but Mr. Pacelle took no action with Mr. Reid. Even after the Nov. 4 Election when Senator Reid became a lame duck, with the Republican Senate takover led by Senator Mitch McConnell, and the number of Senators had reached 60, Mr. Pacelle still took no action on what he described as his “Top Legislative Priority.”
Mr. Pacelle apparently learned about the House Ethics investigation in January 2014.
Here is an email from Representative Whitfield’s Press Secretary Marty Irby documenting the time line:
Since the demise of the PAST ACT on December 11, 2014, Mr. Wayne Pacelle has scrambled to “save face” regarding its failure.
Since December 11, 2014, Mr. Pacelle and his employees have blogged on the Tennessee Walking Horse soring subject about seven times in the last 23 days. Yet, Mr. Pacelle was deafeningly silent while the PAST ACT hung in the balance with 308 House supporters, 118 Republicans and 60 U. S. Senators.
Here is the latest installment from Mr. Pacelle:
Nephew Eugene says it’s rather peculiar when the head man says the PAST ACT is his “Top Legislative Priority”, then he makes no all out final push to close the deal with the proposed law on the cusp of victory.
The elephant in the room definitely appears to be the “Ethics Investigation.”