Cantrell Makes Request to File Response
Friday, July 08, 2011
WHTA Member Notice:
Subject: Mandatory Penalties Rulemaking Request
Action: File a response opposing this rulemaking request
On May 27, 2011 the USDA published in the Federal Register a proposal to amend the horse protection regulations to require Horse Industry Organizations (HIO) or associations that license Designated Qualified Persons (DQP) to assess and enforce minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act and the regulations. To date, approximately 32 responses have been filed and the overwhelming majority is in favor of the proposed amendment and thus mandatory penalties.
It is urgent that the show horse industry act now on this public comment period and let their feelings be known by the USDA. This is an opportunity for the industry to be heard and everyone that owns, trains, exhibits or enjoys the Tennessee Walking Horse should feel responsible to file a response. The deadline for responses is July 26, 2011.
There are two ways to file your comment:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2011-0030 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0030, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0030.
I urge each of you to file a personal response to this rulemaking request. The WHTA will file a response but the number of responses filed opposing this action is very important.
Bill Cantrell, WHTA President
Mr. Cantrell is absolutely right:
...Everyone that owns, trains, exhibits or enjoys the Tennessee Walking Horse should feel responsible to file a response.
So this is our call to duty too! We need to file our responses to let the USDA know we support their decision.
There is a lot of talk going on in the circles that want to keep the rules as is that these actions are "unconstitutional." Well, the U.S. Constitution only sets up how the U.S. Government is supposed to run...THAT'S IT. There is nothing unconstitutional about making amendments to laws that are currently not being followed. If we didn't allow amendments or changes, then such major trials as Roe vs. Wade or Kramer vs. Kramer would not have made a difference to the national laws. If they are talking about the part that says life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we all know that that does not mean you can run around doing whatever you want without consequence. For example, pedophiles are happy when they are abusing children. So should we not have laws against it, just because the Constitution implies that it's okay since the pedophile's happy?
The USDA is absolutely are not taking away anyone's right to show horses or enjoy their horses by making amendments to these rules. First, amendments are allowed per the Constitution and the HPA itself. Second, the HPA gives the USDA APHIS permission to enforce the HPA by any means necessary, and that may mean by amendments. Third, the USDA is also going with what their bosses are telling them, specifically the OIG, which has deemed the current way of enforcing the HPA as not working at all and that changes must be made. The industry seems to have completely forgotten this fact.
The industry is also crying that the industry itself is being impeded by these rules, which is against the HPA. Well, this is true. But the problem is that the industry refuses to end soring, so their actions MUST be impeded in order for the law to be effective. And if the industry doesn't want the government to impose on them, then stop soring horses. As I've said time and time again, it's a very simple answer to a very serious problem. We know the industry is capable of ending soring--they just refuse to do it.
I would think that if the industry would actually end soring, that showing would actually be more fun and profitable for everyone involved. They won't be waiting to see if the USDA will show up at a show, and they don't have to risk not showing their horses and losing money when they pack up and leave when the USDA does come. The industry itself is becoming smaller and smaller as more people are staying away. They wouldn't have to so rudely defend the abuse and the idiotic look of the heavy shod horses all the time. And the industry would actually gain the respect of the rest of the horse world if they were to publicly end soring. It only benefits the industry to start cooperating and stop soring.
CLICK HERE for the document's page, and CLICK THE ORANGE BUTTON to submit your comment. If you have more to say than the allotted space, you can write your response in Word or any other computer program and save it as a PDF file. Or send a letter to the above address.
Pass this information on to your horse friends or any animal supporter you have in your family. Post information about it at your local barn, post it on rescue pages on Facebook, email everyone you can think of. The need for support is overwhelming!
DUE DATE IS JULY 26!!! Be sure to get your comments in ASAP! And THANK YOU in advance for supporting the sound horse and the HPA!