After reading a previous letter written to you by Michelle Lukasiewicz, I feel compelled to correct her gross misconception of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed and her rainbows and roses description of the PAST Act.
The facts are on the side of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The industry according to the USDA’s own figures is 96.7 percent compliant with the law. The so call sound horse group FOSH has been tracking violations and their figures on violations when compared to horses inspected shows that almost 99 percent of Tennessee Walking Horses comply with current law.
Another fact is that the PAST ACT is authored and heavily supported by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSUS has recently settled a racketeering lawsuit with Ringling Bros. paying out $15.75 million, in addition the ASPCA has paid $9.3 million in the same suit. There is no credibility in either of those groups who paid witnesses in a lawsuit against Ringling. Another interesting fact is that Rep. Whitfield’s (introduced the HSUS written PAST ACT) wife works for that same RICO convicted HSUS.
What is not mentioned in the previous letter is the introduction by Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Hal Rogers, Senators Lamar Alexander, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and Johnny Isakson of a common sense amendment to the Horse Protection Act HR 4098/S2193 which would demand objective scientific inspections and place all the Horse Industry Organizations with ONE Inspection group overseen by independent appointees of the states. This bill of course does not have the draconian measure of removing all shoes from 3 breeds of horses, nor does it infringe upon states rights’ as does the Past Act, thus HSUS and other animal rights activist vehemently oppose it since it does not cost the taxpayer anything and does not expand the role of the federal government into areas reserved to the States.
The real fact is that HR 1519/S1406 is an “answer” to a nonexistent manufactured “crisis” generated by HSUS for fund raising purposes. With a non compliance rate of less that 4 percent the Tennessee Walking Horse industry is more “law abiding” than many food producers, and certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, while it still addresses the issues of fair competition and the welfare of the great performance horse.
Tennessee Walking Horse Grassroots Organization
* Editor’s note: The Tribune misidentified Rep. Hal Rogers in the original version.