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Cantrell Makes Request to File Response



WHTA Member Notice:

Subject:  Mandatory Penalties Rulemaking Request
Action:  File a response opposing this rulemaking request

Background:

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. 

Thank you,

Bill Cantrell, WHTA President

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