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#1 OHR

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:39 AM

Lets move this forward

 

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:52 AM

Can't read the article, it wants you to subscribe. 


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 08:39 AM

The USEF thing I posted about earlier. The bill passed, but is now in limbo waiting to be entered into the register, by mandate of our new prez. Odd, I didn't have to register to read it.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:04 PM

Went to the link and was a registration form.  Can you give brief as to what is in the article?



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:42 PM

Its a law to forbid the use of soring, chains and pad stacks in TWH, and other breeds. The law has been passed but not entered into the Federal register as the new prez has put a hold on registering new laws til they are reviewed by his admin.


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#6 kathy s.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:22 PM

Went to the link and was a registration form.  Can you give brief as to what is in the article?

 

 

A regulation aiming to end the practice of horse "soring" is on hold after President Donald Trump issued a memorandum for all unpublished rules to be withdrawn and sent back to the relevant agency for review. Wochit

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WASHINGTON — A federal regulation completed in the waning days of the Obama administration to end the abusive practice of horse soring is on hold.

Just one week before President Barack Obama left office, the Department of Agriculture announced it had finalized a new regulation to update the Horse Protection Act. To become effective, the rule must be published in the Federal Register.

The new rule was supposed to be published Tuesday. But on President Donald Trump’s first day in office last Friday, the White House issued a memorandum for all unpublished rules to be withdrawn and sent back to the relevant agency for review.

“They pretty much put a hold on it,” said Keith Dane, senior adviser for equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States.

The horse-soring ban is one of dozens of proposed rules that have been frozen. The delay doesn’t necessarily mean the ban is dead. The Trump administration could review it and decide to move ahead, “which is what we’re hoping the administration will do,” Dane said.

But, “It’s certainly possible the administration could decide to take no action,” he said.

Neither the Agriculture Department nor the White House responded to a request for comment.

“Clearly the USDA wanted this rule to move forward. But by the time they announced it had been finalized and the potential deadline to get it published before the new administration came in, something failed to happen.”

Keith Dane, Humane Society of the United States

If approved, the new rule basically would end the practice of soring, which involves placing chains, caustic chemical agents or other devices on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses and similar breeds.

The devices are used to inflict pain so that when the animals’ hooves touch the ground, they kick up their feet higher and faster than normal, producing an exaggerated version of their natural high-stepping gait. The practice is often used to give horses an advantage in show competitions, but animal rights groups say it is cruel and painful and constitutes abuse.

The new rule would ban much of the gear used, including chains placed around horses’ ankles during training, and tall weights, or “stacks,” attached to the front hooves.

The rule also would force inspectors to become trained and licensed through the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Right now, the horse industry is responsible for training its own inspectors in what the USDA says is a conflict of interest that leaves them with no incentive to find violations. During audits, federal inspectors consistently find more sored horses than private inspectors do.

Dane said it’s unclear why the new rule wasn’t published before Obama left office.

“We don’t really know for sure what happened,” he said. “We know at the end of the administration, as with many administrations in the past, there is an effort to get final regulations published late in the game. Whether that was the cause of the delay that prevented the rule from getting published before Obama left office or if there was some other behind-the-scenes action is really impossible for us to know.”

“Clearly the USDA wanted this rule to move forward,” Dane said. “But by the time they announced it had been finalized and the potential deadline to get it published before the new administration came in, something failed to happen.”

Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, has not yet been confirmed. “Our hope is that either he, once he is confirmed, or someone else in a position to move the rule forward will do that swiftly and that it will be published in the Federal Register and become final,” Dane said.

A bipartisan group of 41 senators and 182 House members wrote a letter to outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack late last year urging the agency to swiftly adopt the new regulations before the end of Obama's presidency.

Dane said his group intends to reach out to lawmakers who support the rule and ask them to call on the Trump administration to allow the regulation to move forward.

All of the rule changes were scheduled to go into effect by Jan. 1, 2018.

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#7 kathy s.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:33 PM

To clarify, Trump postponed the Obama resolutions until his staff could review them. I have already contacted my reps to voice my opinion, and plan to contact Mitch McConnell's office in Ky to voice my support for this resolution. Up until Christmas, McConnell's office in D.C. didn't have voicemail :angry:   


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 04:33 AM

Thank you.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:44 PM

Wow...


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