Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 3

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Disagreement with DesJarlais bill

To the editor:

It's sad to see a bill from Rep. Scott DesJarlais that tries to turn lawbreakers into victims and the dutiful staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture into perpetrators. The Congressman's bill is built on false assumptions.

There is a single reason why a federal law was enacted to protect a single breed of horse: for decades, there has been a segment of trainers and owners in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry willing to cause pain and distress to horses in order to exaggerate their gait and win ribbons at horse shows.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R.3268 -- the bill to actually strengthen the Horse Protection Act, which was written four decades ago and needs an upgrade in order to stop the trainers skirting the law -- has been introduced by two veterinarians in Congress, Republican Rep. Ted Yoho and Democrat Kurt Schrader.*

Their bill has 230 cosponsors, compared to eight for the DesJarlais bill, and it has the endorsement of every major humane organization, the American Horse Council and just about every horse breed group in the United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Association of Prosecuting Attorney.*

The Yoho-Schrader bill empowers USDA to crack down on lawbreakers.* The DesJarlais bill seeks to coddle lawbreakers and excuse their conduct.* The roster of lawmakers and endorsers behind the Yoho-Schrader bill tells the story.

Keith Dane

Vice president of Equine Protection

The Humane Society of the United States

Thanks for ham breakfast support

To the editor:

On behalf of the members and the Board of Directors of the Senior Citizens Center, I want to thank everybody for their support of our ham breakfast fundraiser.

The success of this event depends on our community and the many wonderful volunteers and sponsors who support us.

To all those who helped in any way, either publicly or privately, we want to thank you and we look forward to another great breakfast next year!

Sonia Miller, Director

Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center

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