What’s in a Label?

The American Horse Council , The Missouri Equine Council, The Animal Health Foundation, and Omega Naturals.  What or Who do they all have in common?

Surprising to see, the American Horse Council/Missouri Equine Council has not taken an official position on the issue of horse disposal although the affiliate Missouri Equine Council does have a webpage that shows the Humane Society Legislative Fund Scorecard indicating who/what they would like you to vote for.  Mindy Patterson, co-founder of the Cavalry Group and owner of Omega Naturals is the President.

The sponsorers  for American Horse Council are:

  • Luitpold Pharmacueticals: A German Company
    • Luitpold pharmacueticals produces the drugs labeled Adequan.  Now why would the Animal Health Foundation have Pfizer as a sponsorer of their 25th Anniversary?  And out of the 13 pages of donated items on the advertisement for the Animal Health Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, Pfizer donated DVD’s of The First Saturday in May about the Kentucky Derby, in an Adequan tote bucket?  And goodness gracious, when did those speakers have a chance to actually speak?  The 25th Anniversary of the Animal Health Foundation looks like a downright Auction!  BUSINESS!
  • Zoetis: the animal health business of Pfizer
    • Zoetis Animal Genetics, a Pfizer Company, is a business that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art genetic information and support services that deliver genetic predictions.
  • Merck Animal Health
  • The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders
    • Member of the board of directors is for the American Horse Council: Nick Nicholson Past Vice President of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders and Past President/CEO, Keeneland Association.  “The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. is recognized as the sole official registrar for the KTDF.  For questions regarding the registrar or to nominate to the KTDF, contact the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB)…. The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund consists of money allocated to the fund through an excise tax imposed on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.”
  • Bayer Health Care
  • GH2 Gralla Equine Architects: international architecture and planning firm
  • John Deere
  • Populous: clients include Keeneland Racecourse, Ascot Racecourse, the Kentucky Horse Park, Oklahoma State Fair Park, the Calgary Stampede, The Breeders’ Cup and the Hong Kong Jockey Club

And who formed that Non-Profit Animal Health Foundation?  Well, it looks like Dr. Donald Walsh and his wife Debbie.  And who is one of their clients?  The owner of Omega Naturals, Mindy Patterson-co-founder of the Cavalry Group and volunteer at California Cattle Women (CCW) at American National CattleWomen (ANCW)  in Tampa Bay, Florida 2013 .  And are the products in Omega Naturals horse and dog treats?  That’s a really good question.  Go to their website and the ingredient list seems to be missing.  And since the owner of Omega Naturals made these products herself because her horse had Laminitis, would it be possible that the ingredient list might contain a pharmaceutical since Mindy Patterson’s vet, according to her website, is Dr. Donald Walsh, founder of the Animal Health Foundation with Pfizer as a sponsorer.

The American Horse Council is apparently in favor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013 (PAST act) that was introduced on July 31, 2013.  On their website, the AHC gives a list of all the organizations that are in favor of this “act.” These “other” organizations include the AVMA.  The AVMA is against anything, and I mean anything, on a horse’s leg regardless of whether or not the “chain” is safe for the horse; it only weighs about 6 oz.  The House version of this bill was introduced earlier in the year by Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

One of the board members of the American Horse Council is Alex Waldorf.  He is an immediate past president of Churchill Downs, a horse racing (gambling) facility.  Churchill Downs hired D. Brett Hale, a lobbyist who has political ties to Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative Ed Whitfield. Hale has been named senior vice-president of corporate and government relations of Churchill Downs, November 13, 2009.  D. Brett Hale was: Former Chief of Staff to Rep. Edward Whitfield (Republican-KY), Former Legislative Aide to Senators Slade Gorton (Republican-WA) and Mitch McConnell (Republican-KY).  Primary Sponsors of Churchill Downs is Yum, PEPSI, and NBC sports.

Rep. Ed Whitfield is married to Connie Harriman-Whitfield.  Mrs. Whitfield is Senior Adviser, Presidential Initiatives for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  She “is a former vice chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and a former chair of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council. In those capacities, she worked to strengthen Kentucky’s laws on drugs in horse racing, successfully limiting race-day medications that can be administered to thoroughbreds, standardbreds and quarter horses, and setting strict penalties for those who violate the law.”

One way the USDA determines if a horse has been sored or not is by “drug testing”.  These tests are specifically designed to check for the presence of mustard oil.  Mustard oil is a natural substance derived from the mustard plant and is used in many fly sprays and Animal Feed for flavoring and preservation.  Reeg Lawyers represent Novartis and the Cavalry Group.  Novartis makes the fly repellent Oxyfly.  Have you ever looked at the ingredient label?  Do you have any idea if that 97% “other ingredient” has mustard oil in it?  Here’s a common label .

Now don’t we find these related groups a little contradictory?  They all promote Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, but yet introduce legislation to prevent the use of drugs.  What is wrong with this picture?  They surely wouldn’t be doing all this just to rake in the money, would they?

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