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HPC Mission Statement



HPC Mission Statement
 
Horse Protection Commission, Inc. 
 
Statement of Intent
 
         This is an explanation of the intent and direction of this DQP Commission. 
         The voting body of the commission consists of the licensed veterinarians that make up the Commission.  The Commission also consists of a non-voting advisory panel appointed by the Commission.
         The Commission is self-supporting and self governing.  The Commission members want this to be a fair inspection program and not be a rubber stamp to any horse industry organization.  They do not want it to be subject to lobbying.  The administrative body of the Commission feels confident this will help to safeguard it against compromising its integrity and subjecting it to political take-over by special interest groups.  The Commission members are guarding against individuals or organizations trying to use this program as a political pawn.  The horse is first above and beyond all associations and/or organizations.  The program’s integrity will not be compromised.  The Commission will facilitate the free flow of information between inspectors and the Commission and provide a uniform inspection program. 
         Education and integrity are some of the keys to stopping the practice of soring.  With the professional help and guidance of equine veterinarians, the Commission will raise the DQP inspection program to a higher standard and will place it in the professional world of licensed veterinarians with integrity. 
         With competent inspectors, uniform inspections, an inspection program with integrity and no politics, the Commission will be a valuable ally to the horse industry and the horse himself. 
         The money derived from this program will be for administrative expenses, clinics, promotion, advancement of the inspection program and education. 
         We plan to develop a working relationship with veterinary conventions and universities around the country.  The program’s intent is to prevent soring, and that focus will not be clouded with ulterior motives of individuals or associations.  The veterinarians on this commission want an impartial commission of licensed veterinarians, who will license DQPs.  Anyone associated or licensed with this DQP Commission must be committed to a sound horse and not have a personal agenda. 
         This commission will focus on the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and its regulations, not on show rules.  That will be left up to show management, show committee and/or ring stewards.  The job of a DQP is a tremendous responsibility; therefore, the DQP will not be burdened with outside duties. 
         Anyone wanting to be involved in this program must be committed to the soundness of the horse, first and foremost.

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