Part I – Why Did The Proposed “Federal Rule” To Remove The “Pads And Chains” From “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses Fail To Become Law???

(Editor’s Note:  An interview request was made on Jan. 25, 2017, to Mr. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States,  regarding the “breaking news” surrounding the proposed Federal Rule to remove the “Pads and Chains” not being published in the Federal Register as scheduled on January 24, 2017.    Mr. Pacelle’s  media representative said that Mr. Pacelle was only willing to answer questions if they were submitted by email. declined the offer citing it would limit the public’s right to know what happened to the “Federal Rule”.)

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (c) –  Following the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016,  both Humane Society of the United States President Mr. Wayne Pacelle,  and U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-IA), apparently  “Dropped The Ball” in seeing that the “Federal Rule” became law by being timely published in the Federal Register.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and HSUS President/CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle (Protect The Harvest Photo)

(Note: HSUS President/CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle’s organization donated $754,449.00 to Ms. Christie Vilsack’s (Husband-Tom) 2012 Iowa Congressional bid.  Mr. Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of Agriculture [2009-2017]).


IF U. S. AG SEC Secretary Tom “$754,449.00” Vilsack had not granted a 30 day extension of the Comment Period on September 21, 2016,  the “Federal Rule” would have been published in the Federal Register in October 2016,  BEFORE the election of President Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016..

With the 30 day extension, the crucial period of time for the proposed “Federal Rule was:

            October 27, 2016 to December 19, 2016

The “Federal Rule” needed to be published in The Federal Register on or before December 19, 2016 – 30 days before President Trump took office.

Regarding the 2016 Presidential Election, and also the proposed “Federal Rule” to remove the “Pads and Chains”,  it appears that partners,  Mr. Wayne Pacelle and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,  literally “Bet The Ranch” on the Presidential candidacy of Ms. Hillary Clinton.

And when Ms Clinton lost in the political upset of the last 70 years,  neither Mr. Pacelle nor Mr. Vilsack had a Plan “B” anywhere in sight.    

Once  the election was lost, there was apparently no sense of urgency to effectively move forward, and the publication of the “Federal Rule” languished.   Mr. Wayne Pacelle and Secretary Vilsack were in an apparent state of dysfunction and inertia where the “Proposed Rule” was concerned.

AG SEC. Tom Vilsack and Mr. Wayne Pacelle ‘Bet The Ranch” On The Candicacy of Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton

Here is Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 21, 2016,   sitting next to former President William Jefferson Clinton at the Democratic Convention while Presidential nominee Ms.Hillary Clinton delivered her nomination acceptance speech.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-IA) and Former President Bill Clinton (2016 Democrat National Convention)

Secretary Tom Vilsack was penciled in as President Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff after making the “Short List” and nearly being selected as Ms. Clinton’s VP running mate.

HSUS Attack On Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump

The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) – Mr. Wayne Pacelle dispatched his right arm,  Senior HSUS VP Ms Holly Hazard,  to take a “Paid Leave” of absence to work in the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.  Ms. Hazard is over the HSUS Equine Department,  and is responsible for Donor and Corporate Sponsors.  Ms. Hazard went “hammer and tong” at Mr. Trump.

Ms Holly Hazard Tweet Attacking Presidential Nominee Mr. Donald J. Trump

Ms. Holly Hazard, Senior VP,  HSUS Programs & Innovations

Mr. Pacelle had another high-ranking HSUS official Mr. Mike Makarian attack President Donald J. Trump on October 6, 2016 – just 33 days before the election on Nov. 8, 2016.

Mr. Mike Makarian,  HSUS Chief Operating Officer – President, HSLF (Lobbying)

HSUS Official Mr. Mike Makarian, Head of HSLF (Lobbying Arm) of HSUS.

“The political arm of The Humane Society is mobilizing against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with a new ad campaign warning that a “Trump presidency would be a threat to animals everywhere.”

“The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the launch of a new attack ad against Trump on Wednesday.

“One ticket has a clear, compelling record of support for animal protection, while the other has assembled a team of advisors and financial supporters tied in with trophy hunting, puppy mills, factory farming, horse slaughter, and other abusive industries,” HSLF President Michael Markarian wrote in a blog post.

U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Campaigning “For” Democrat Presidential Nominee Ms. Hillary Clinton In Iowa

Former Iowa Governor (1999-2007) Tom Vilsack (D-IA) didn’t have enough stroke to put Ms. Clinton over the top in Iowa:

Mr. Donald J. Trump decisively won the State of Iowa over Ms. Hillary Clinton  by 51.1% to 41.7%.


The bottom line is neither – HSUS CEO President Mr. Wayne Pacelle nor former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack – did the things necessary to ensure  the final success of the proposed “Federal Rule” to remove the “Pads and Chains” from Tennessee Walking Horses, and end the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

Secretary Tom Vilsack didn’t ride close enough herd on the proposed “Federal Rule” when it was presented on July 25, 2016. It should have never included the words ‘Related Breeds”, and there should never have been a 30 day extension.   Here is what American Horse Council President Ms. Julie Broadway had to say about the measure:

“too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry”.

(Left to Right) AHC Board Chairman Dr. Jerry Black and Ms. Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council

American Horse Council Stands Up For “Trotters” Against USDA Regulation To Remove “Pads and Chains” – U.S. AG Sec Mr. Tom Vilsack Needs “To Have A Little Talk” with USDA APHIS Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea

Ms. Broadway was referring to the “Related Breeds” language inexplicably inserted and approved by Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The fact is that before PAST ACT lead sponsor Tea Party Republican Ted Yoho (R-FL) would sign a letter supporting the proposed “Federal Rule”,  he made it clear the words “Related Breeds” should not have been included in the proposed “Federal Rule”.

Clant M. Seay and U. S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Secretary Tom Vilsack was negligent and remiss in allowing the words “Related Breeds to ever be inserted in the proposed “Federal Rule”. Mr. Wayne Pacelle also shares this blame.

On September 21, 2016,  Secretary Vilsack approved a 30 day extension of the “”Comment Period”, and then on September 23, 2016, Deputy Administrator Kevin Shea unnecessarily complicated matters again when he issued a bizarre “Clarification” which included “jibber jabber” including:

  • “Trotting,
  • Up to Two Years Old,
  • 16 ounces,
  • Keg shoes.”

Aphis Administrator Mr. Kevin Shea


The bottom line was Secretary Vilsack never should have granted a 30 day extension of the Comment period.  That along with Mr. Pacelle and Secretary Vilsack not having the requisite “Fire In The Belly” following Secretary Hillary Clinton’s defeat was determinative of the outcome of the proposed “Federal Rule’.  Inside sources confirm that Mr. Wayne Pacelle said it was imperative that to have all things done “before Trump takes over’.

Sadly,  that was not done.

Allso sadly,  Mr. Wayne Pacelle didn’t have  a Plan “B” in place for ‘The Horses’ to obtain relief through the Federal Regulatory Process if Mr. HIllary Clinton did not become President of the United States.

Earlier in 2016, the Equine Protection Vice President Mr. Keith Dane, nice guy  and good donor relations guy, but lacking in the ‘common touch”,  and necessary political skill-set and overall knowledge of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse culture,   decided he was going to make Kamuela, Hawaii his permanent home, but he would continue to head up HSUS Equine Protection.

Mr. Keith Dane,  HSUS Equine Protection (Hawaii)

Mr. Keith Dane, HSUS Equine Protection

Mr. Pacelle apparently didn’t think that was a great idea to have the Equine Protection guy working from home 5,762 miles away, so he brought former Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) staffer Mr. Marty Irby on board to head up Equine Protection, but still left Mr. Dane with a role regarding the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses project.  Mr. Irby carries the baggage of the Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Ethics investigation, but he is also one of the few HSUS employees who can approach Republicans who supported President Donald J. Trump.  Unfortunately,  Mr. Trump is particularly sensitive to personal insults, real or perceived, and the HSUS accomplished that in spades  during the 2016 Presidential election campaign.

Mr. Marty irby,  HSUS Lobbyist

Mr. Marty Irby, Former Head of Equine Protection – Now, HSUS Lobbyist (HSLF)

HSUS Investment In Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-IA)

Mr. Pacelle put all of the Humane Society’s chips on Mr. Tom Vilsack when the Humane Society (HSLF) contributed $754,449.00 to Ms. Christie Vilsack, wife of Mr. Tom Vilsack,  in an unsuccessful 2012 Iowa Congressional Race:

Incumbent Republican Steven A. King Soundly Defeated                            Democrat Ms. Christie Vilsack By 53% To 45%

The Time Line – “FEDERAL RULE” – To Remove “Pads & Chains”

  • July 21, 2016       Republican Convention nominates Donald J. Trump for President.
  • July 25, 2016      USDA proposes “Federal Rule” to remove “Pads and Chains” to end “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. (Includes “Poison Pill”  language of “Related Breeds” –  60 Day Comment Period – Public Meetings:  Murfreesboro, TN:  Lexington, KY; Sacramento, CA:  Riverdale Park, MD;  On Line Comments.
  • July 26, 2016 –   Democrat National Convention nominates Hillary Clinton for President.
  • Sept. 21, 2016     USDA Extends Deadline To October 25, 2016
  •  Sept. 25, 2016    Original 60 Day Comment Period Ends.
  • Oct. 6, 2016     HSUS (HSLF) Attacks Republican Nominee Donald J. Trump.
  • October 26, 2016    Extended comment deadline ends
  • October 27, 2016    Nothing happens …
  • October 28, 2016    Nothing yet …
  • October 29, 2016    Saturday (nothing expected)
  • October 30, 2016    Sunday (nothing expected)
  • October 31, 2016    No word at all …
  • November 1, 2016   Waiting patiently …
  • November 2, 2016   Waiting on pins and needles …
  • November 3, 2016   Still nothing
  • November 4, 2016   One begins to wonder, are they making changes to the rule as a result of the extended comment period?
  • November 5, 2016    Saturday (nothing expected)
  • November 6, 2016    Sunday (nothing expected)
  • November 7, 2016    Now would be a good time ??
  • November 8, 2016    Republican Donald J. Trump upsets Democrat Hillary Clinton
  • December 9, 2016    USDA FINALLY deliverers proposed “Federal Rule” to OMB (Office of Management & Budget).


  • January 10, 2017  –  OMB announces approval of publication in Federal Register.
  • January 13, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Resigns & Leaves Town.
  • January 19, 2017 – Office of The Federal Register announces Publication Date of Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
  • January 20, 2017 – Donald J. Trump becomes 45th President of the United States, and approves a Memorandum stopping the publication of the Federal Rule in the Federal Register.
  • January 20, 2017 – breaks story of President Donald J. Trump stopping publication of “Federal Rule” (Horse Protection Act of 1970) in The Federal Register removing “Pads and Chains”
  • January 24, 2017  – HSUS President/CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle writes a column blaming “Bureaucratic Bungling” – and names no one.


January 13, 2017

New Federal Regulation Will Remove “Chains” From TWH & Racking Horses 30 Days From Being Published In The Federal Register -“USDA Announces Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Soring” – #LetsBackVilsack

January 19, 2017

NEWSFLASH!!!! Federal Regulation (Rule) To Abolish “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty Set To Be Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017, A. D.

January 20, 2017

HOLD THE PRESSES!!! – President Donald J. Trump Puts “The Kibosh” On Publishing The Federal Regulation (Rule) To Eliminate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty On Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Part II of this Series – will deal with the HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle “Bumbling Bureaucrat” excuse.

Nephew Eugene says many questions are raised over the “Bungling Bureaucrat” excuse, thrown out there by HSUS CEO Mr. Wayne Pacelle

Nephew Eugene emphasizes that when you put $754,449.00 in somebody’s pocket,  there really shouldn’t be any excuses for not getting the job done.

Harold wants to know if perhaps the “Bungling Bureaucrat” might just be the former U. S. Secretary of Agriculture?

Front Porch – Hilltop Market – Theta, Tennessee