FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013
USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack is a
for Anti Agriculture Extremist Groups
Yesterday USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack introduced USDA’s 2014 Agriculture Appropriations
Request that, if passed, would serve as the final crushing blow to what remains of the U.S. Horse and pet industries.
Tom Vilsack is proposing to defund inspectors for U.S. Horse processing facilities currently poised to open in several states in order to bring relief to the over population of unwanted horses across the country. As indicated in the 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report,
U.S. GAO - Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter
lack of domesticated horse processing has exacerbated the suffering of horses and has caused more abandonment and neglect for horses nation-wide. Accordingly, Congress passed the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations to legalize horse processing in November 2011. USDA has ignored the law and requests for inspectors for many months.
In early March 2013, a memo was released
from the USDA office indicating that USDA had plans to “advise Congress to reinstate the ban.” Several weeks later, Vilsack made the statement declaring that the U.S. Needs a “third option for unwanted horses.”
Secretary Vilsack Says Another Option Needed for Unwanted Horses | Food Safety News
While defunding inspectors for horse processing, Vilsack is simultaneously asking Congress for funding to allow USDA/APHIS to implement and fund a new Retail Pet Rule that would likely regulate the U.S. Pet industry out of existance. USDA stated, "The 2014 Budget proposes $29 million
Budget for 2014 | USDA
For Animal Welfare activities. The requested funding levels will help support these important regulatory efforts."
The motivation for this appalling anti-agriculture and anti-business budget move comes into question given the fact that the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund donated $750,000 in campaign contributions
INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES for Report FEC-833281
to the USDA Secretary's wife, Christie Vilsack’s failed 2012 congressional run in Iowa.
Mindy Patterson, president of The Cavalry Group stated, “At a time when our nation’s economy is hurting and jobs are scarce, it is tragic that our U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, whose job is to promote and protect America’s most vital industry, is clearly assisting in its demise.”
Vilsack is set to appear before House Agriculture Appropriations Committee next Tuesday, April 16, 2013, and before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee on May 9, 2013 to explain his actions.
The Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is available online at the Office of Budget and Management and budget overviews are organized by agency.
Appendix | The White House
Budget for 2014 | USDA
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