WASHINGTON, DC – Over 40 members of the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan effort, conclusively expressed the will of the American people to eliminate the “Pads and Chains” to abolish “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses, by strongly supporting U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proposed Federal Regulation, Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0009. The letter also urged the USDA to act expeditiously to finalize the proposed regulation before the end of 2016.
Here is the following letter dated October 5, 2016.
U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made good in April 2016 on a promise made over 37 years earlier on April 27, 1979, (Federal Register) that if the purveyors of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty did not establish a program “within a reasonable period of time” to eliminate sore horses, then the USDA “would give serious consideration to the prohibition of all action devices and pads”.
Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) requested Secretary Vilsack to grant a 60 day extension of the Comment Period for the proposed USDA rule which would have effectively killed it.
Profiles in courage include Republican Senators who signed the letter in defiance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the following Senators;
- Kelly Ayotte,
- Susan Collins,
- Mike Crapo,
- Dave Vitter,
- Pat Toomey,
- Steve Daines,
Secretary Tom Vilsack granted a 30 day extension for additional Comments until October 26, 2016.
More coverage on the “Trotter Uprising”, and Deputy Administrator Kevin Shea’s inexplicable “clarification”.