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Rep. Barr Opposes USDA Rulemaking; Urges Use of Objective Protocols

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY6) sent a letter to APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Kay Carter-Corker opposing the proposed rule published by APHIS.  The rule would devastate the Tennessee Walking Horse industry by prohibiting the use of pads, action devices, and hoof bands.  The impact would be substantial in Rep. Barr’s district in Kentucky.  Barr also serves as Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus.

Barr’s letter points out that he is a co-sponsor of legislation in the House of Representatives that seeks to implement objective testing protocols to eliminate soring and promote the welfare of horses in competition.  The bill, H.R. 4105, introduced by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN4) would also seek to consolidate the current Horse Industry Organizations into a single oversight body that would increase enforcement and allow for better coordination with the USDA.

Barr also urged USDA to work with stakeholders and elected officials to find a more suitable approach.  The letter also warned of APHIS trying to rewrite the statute.  “The USDA, and its subdivision APHIS, must take care to implement the Horse Protection Act consistent with congressional intent and may not rewrite the statute in a way that overreaches to the point of banning the entire Tennessee Walking Horse industry.”

Click here to read Rep. Barr’s letter.

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