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HSUS Sees Deception in Walking Horse Soring Report

News release from Humane Society of the United States:
(May 9, 2013)– In contrast to the two foreign substance violations reported by the Tennessee walking horse industry at the 2012 National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s testing revealed that 145 horses out of 190 tested, or 76 percent, were found positive.
The Humane Society of the United States has requested that Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr. open an investigation into the veracity of public statements made by officials connected to the Walking Horse Trainers Association Enforcement Initiative, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and the Tennessee Walking Show Horse Organization about their initiative to detect unlawful horse soring at the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
(Note: A spokeswoman for Cooper said the letter has been received and is under review by the attorney general’s office.)
The HSUS maintains that this discrepancy raises a serious concern that participants and spectators at the Celebration were falsely assured that horses entered were compliant with the federal Horse Protection Act, when evidence of cruelty and cheating may have been concealed by the organizers of the event. The foreign substance testing is used to detect the presence of painful caustic chemicals that trainers apply to horses’ legs. Other cruel training methods – collectively referred to as “soring” – are used to obtain the prized high-stepping gait of the walking horse.

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Burchett Amends Campaign Disclosures, Blames Wife for ‘Deception’

A week before he was set to explain a series of irregularities in his campaign disclosure forms, reports Mike Donila, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett filed 11 amendments to the reports and supplied state election officials with an affidavit that blames his ex-wife for the mistakes.
The former Allison Burchett, the mayor alleges, “engaged in a pattern of deception” by transferring thousands of dollars to various accounts for her own “personal benefit” and without his knowledge.
In the 24-page affidavit submitted Oct. 15 to the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, the mayor’s Nashville-based attorney Stephen Zralek says his client was “unaware of any failure from within his campaign to follow campaign finance laws” and that Burchett has “made a complete accounting of all monies based on the records available.”
The mayor also amended sets of finance disclosure forms covering Jan. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011. Those records were filed with the Knox County Election Commission and include a statement by the mayor.
He says that when the reports were initially filed he “had no knowledge of the inaccuracies contained in those reports nor did I have knowledge of any nonpolitical uses of campaign funds.”
He said he and his new campaign treasurer, Roger Goins, a certified public accountant, have since investigated the matter and that “I strongly suspect that some campaign funds were used for personal use by my ex-wife, Allison Beaver (formerly Burchett).”
The mayor on Friday declined to comment.
“I think the affidavit speaks for itself,” he said.
Allison Beaver did not offer comment when contacted.
The Oct. 15 filings precede the mayor’s Nashville attorney’s meeting Tuesday before the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance to answer questions about Burchett’s campaign reports. Burchett doesn’t plan to attend the meeting.