SHELBYVILLE, TN – A hostile Celebration S.H.O.W. Head DQP Mitchell Butler, buoyed by the presence of Representative Scott Desjarlais (R-TN) staff members, ganged up on USDA VMO Dr. Jeff Baker last week at the S.H.O.W. HIO Annual DQP Training last week over the enforcement of the “Scar Rule”.
During 2014, the USDA introduced Thermography as the science based objective testing method used to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
It has been met with extreme hostility by the sore Big Lickers.
USDA VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER DR. JEFF BAKER AT CENTER RING
Congressman Dejarlais is the lapdog of Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT DEJARLAIS (R-TN)
Much of the DQP Training Session was spent with Congressmen Dejarlais’s people “Hassling” Dr. Baker over the USDA’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act by using Thermography to detect scars on Tennessee Walking Horses.
The Big Lick can’t survive if the “Scar Rule” is enforced by the use of Thermography which shows evidence of soring caused by the use of chains and caustic chemicals.
The Lickers want to go back to a 2009 “Scar Rule” interpretation that if you can smooth out thickened skin (scar) then a horse is not in violation of the “Scar Rule”.
In the face of the harassment, Dr. Baker stopped demonstrating proper inspection methods, and ceased participating in the training session.
At that point, S.H.O.W. HIO Head DQP Mitchell Butler then conducted the rest of the DQP training session.
The events of last week sent a clear message to the Flatters that the sore Big Lickers are “Feelling Their Oats” since the PAST ACT didn’t make it.
It will be interesting to see if the USDA continues to vigorously enforce the Horse Protection Act in 2015.
Dr. Cezar was implicated in the Whitfield Ethics controversy when HSUS Lobbying Executive Director Sara Amundson referred to Dr. Cezar as “Our Insider Contact”. Dr. Cezar was threatened with physical violence during the 2014 Celebration and left after working five days of the ten-day event.
USDA HORSE PROTECTION COORDINATOR RACHEL CEZAR
Also, Congressman Ed Whitfield aide Marty Irby was effective in working with the USDA in 2014 urging enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. Since Congressman Whitfield got on the bus with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and the PAST ACT died, nothing much has been heard from either the Congressman or his aide.
REP. ED WHITFIELD AIDE MARTY IRBY
Nephew Eugene hears that USDA Horse Protection Coordinator Dr. Rachel Cezar has been reassigned to another role at the USDA, and at this point, it is not clear who will replace her.
And so it goes.
In 2014, the USDA implemented Thermography in its enforcement of the Scar Rule. The 95% HPA compliance rate went in the gutter when the USDA showed up at the 2014 Celebration and, more or less, enforced the Horse Protection Act.
OCTOBER 2012 LETTER – ACTING APHIS ADMINISTRATOR KEVIN SHEA
Shea’s letter referenced a 2009 email sent by his Deputy Dr. Andrea Morgan to a Big Lick supporter regarding interpretation of the “Scar Rule”:
AFFIDAVIT BY S.H.O.W. HIO DQP DIRECTOR MITCHELL BUTLER