Deborah Dubow Press of the ASPCA and Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), previous USDA APHIS IES official was on the recent USDA APHIS Q&A Conference call that took place just one day after an email was sent out to inform everyone that the proposed “retail pet store” regulations were being implemented. (an IES official in the USDA are those that inspect and write violations for the Animal Welfare Act)
Why was Ms. Deborah Dubow Press hired by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose job is to PROTECT Agriculture, when she was obviously a known animal rights activist AND APPARENTLY WORKING FOR THE ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE WHILE EMPLOYED BY USDA/APHIS AS AN ENFORCEMENT OFFICER? (animal rights goal: no use of animals including FOOD or Fiber)
Emails were sent to the FOIA officer who released the information concerning Deborah Press. The FOIA officer tried to make believe, after release of the information, that Deborah Press was only employed by APHIS between September of 2010 thru January of 2012. However, the paperwork that I received leads me to believe that Ms. Press was employed June 8, 2007 thru at least January 13, 2012 by USDA/APHIS as an Enforcement Specialist.
And take a look at this pay increase for Ms. Press. Starting in September of 2010 her rank was a Grade 09 Step 1 with a salary of $51,630.00. Sounds reasonable for a recent law school grad. Supposedly, President Obama put a “Freeze” on pay increases at the 2010 level. Pay table located at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2013/general-schedule/gs.pdf effective January 2013 shows Grade 09 Step 1 to be $41,563.00. Within a little over a year, Ms. Press was making $62,467.00 at Grade 11 Step 1. According to the Frozen pay levels, Grade 11 Step 1 salary is $50,287.00. How did Ms. Press get so lucky as to receive such a high pay and TEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN DOLLAR INCREASE IN PAY IN A LITTLE OVER ONE YEAR WHEN SALARY RATES WERE FROZEN AT 2010 LEVELS? Isn’t it funny that $10,837 is close to the penalty of $10,400 for violating the APHIS breeder regulations.
June 8, 2007 (?) thru at least January 13, 2012: Deborah Dubow Press: USDA APHIS Enforcement Division, Enforcement Officer,
- Enforcement Officer Requirements: “Operation of the tracking system and safeguarding of information are PRIORITY objectives during the continual systems development and improvement process.” The position requires “non-critical Sensitive (NCS), Secret National Security Clearance due to investigative duties involving access to secret classified information.”
2006: Deborah Dubow Press co-found the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Cornell University (a known animal rights group)
2007: Deborah Dubow Press receives a Grant from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (a known animal rights group)
Spring 2008: Article written by Deborah Dubow Press “Toward the Development of Animal Stewardship: Environmental Stewardship in government Policy as a Model”: A paper completely against CAFOs and farming.
2008-2009 New York State Bar Association First Annual Student Writing Competition Third place – Deborah Dubow Press, a student at Cornell Law School, 2009.
Sept. 9, 2009 Exploitation of Farm Workers and Farm Animals Deborah Dubow Press
November 17, 2009: Deborah D. Press, Animal Welfare Institute; Associate counsel, Farm Animal Program: FOIA request of records related to all shipments of bovines, both for beef and dairy breeds, shipped from Canada to Mexico for the period January 1, 2008 through the present. “Requesting copies of records related to all shipments of bovines, both beef and dairy breeds, shipped from Canada to Mexico ofor the period of January 1, 2008 to date of search. Specifically, requesting copies of the following form for each Canada-to-Mexico shipment occurring during the aforementioned: 1.) VS Form 17-135, “United States Permit to Import Animals, Semen, or Embroys”. 2.) International Health Certificate to Export Breeding Dairy Heifers from the United States to Mexico/Mexico, Addendum for Rest stops.” And response.
April 19, 2010 Letter from Deborah Dubow Press, Animal Welfare Institute, Associate counsel, Farm Animal Program; submission of comments on exception for finish feeding of ruminant slaughter stock: Federal Register Docket Number AMS-TM-06-0198; TM-05-14FR
September 2010: Animal Welfare Institute: Humane Slaughter Update, Comparing State and Federal Enforcement of Humane Slaughter Laws; Research conducted by Deborah Press of AWI pg 3
July 8, 2011 Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) wrote to Frank D. Lucas, Chairman Committee on Agriculture; US House of Representatives : “In addition, APHIS is implementing an action plan to address concerns contained in an audit issued by USDA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in May 2010. Although the OIG audit focused primarily on problematic breeders (and, to a lesser degree, brokers) who sell animals wholesale, the ultimate result of APHIS’ actions—-which include shifting from an education to an enforcement focus; improving inspector performance; and supporting the closure of regulatory loopholes—is enhanced AWA regulation and enforcement with regard to all licensees and registrants.” “Similar letters are being sent to congressmen Peterson Kingston, and Farr, and Senators Stabenow, Roberts, Kohl, and Blunt.”
November 17, 2011: Deborah Press USDA APHIS Enforcement officer: Settlement Agreement for Tarheel Pet Transport Frlanklinville NC: $1,357.00 penalty; “Your representative transported a bulldog puppy in a manner that caused physical harm.”
December 13, 2011: Deborah Press USDA APHIS Settlement Agreement for Texas Biomedical Research Institute; $25,714.00 penalty; juvenile rhesus macaque escaped its enclosure and spent the night outdoors in cold weather.
January 6, 2012 Deborah Press Contact for Official Warning USDA APHIS IES sent to New London Ruritan Club Lynchburg VA for scar rule.
January 2012: Deborah Dubow Press lectures at Cornell Law School “Options with the Nation’s Largest Legal Employer: The Federal Government”
February 2012: APHIS public meeting: Deborah Dubow Press, ASPCA “One program of interest to us that’s always been woefully underfunded is the Horse Protection Act program and its enforcement. We are eager to see rules finalized that would require minimum penalties be issued by horse industry organizations for violations, and I was wondering if you could comment on whether those will be finalized in time for showing season this year?” Same meeting: Note: Dr. Gregory Parham “What is evident and cannot be ignored is that we cannot afford to continue to operate as we have in the recent past.”
APRIL 13, 2012: Deborah Press attended the “meeting” at the “Office of management and Budget” for “Animal Welfare; Retail Pet Stores”
May 2012: Christie Vilsack runs for a seat in Congress. Christie Vilsack is the wife of Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary (in other words, the top guy in the USDA). Mrs. Vilsack accepts a political money donation from The Humane Society of the United States.
May 2012: Proposed regulations for regulating family pet owners who ship just one puppy to a buyer.
May through September 2012: Over 200,000 comments submitted about the new proposed regulations to regulate family pet owners from competing in the open market.
STILL WORKING FOR ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE:
August 10, 2012: Deborah Press ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE FOIA request: “Request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act: 1. All photos taken by USDA during the June 1, 2012 inspection of the facility operated by licensee 73-A-2149; 2. All photos taken by USDA during the June 13, 2012 inspection of the facility operated by licensee 31-A-0265; 3. All photos taken by USDA during the June 14, 2012 inspection of the facility operated by licensee 43-A-5457; 4. All photos taken by USDA during the June 14, 2012 inspection of the facility operated by licensee 31-A-0325; and 5. All photos taken by USDA during the June 26, 2012 inspection of the facility operated by licensee 31-A-0250.”
October 2012: Deborah Dubow Press, ASPCA, invited to attend the Federal Trade Commission meeting concerning Pet Medications. (Ms. Press has No background in the veterinary field)
April 02, 2013 Christie Vilsack is hired by USAID
April 11, 2013: Secretary Vilsack has proposed increased funding of USAID assistance accounts by $$$$1.5 Million page 6 of the proposed budget
April 11, 2013: USDA APHIS Fiscal Year 2014 Summary and Annual Performance Plan was submitted which included: “Animal Welfare. The 2014 Budget proposed $29 Million for Animal Welfare activities. This includes funding to fully implement the retail pet stores rule, which will offer welfare protections to dogs and certain other animals sold as pets through non-traditional means.”
May 30, 2013: The George Washington University: Animal Law Night Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6-8 pm; “Regulation of Puppy \Mills under the Animal Welfare Act” Deborah Press, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; “Deborah Dubow Press is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs in the ASPCA’s Washington, DC office. Deborah develops strategy for strong agency enforcement of animal protection laws and builds relationships with federal agency staff overseeing ASPCA priority issues including protecting dogs in puppy mills, preventing horse slaughter, and obtaining humane care standards for animals raised for food. She came to the ASPCA from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), where her responsibilities included the analysis of legal issues and pursuit of penalties in connection with the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. Previously, Deborah served as Associate Counsel for Farm Animal Programs at the Animal Welfare Institute, where she directed the organization’s effort to challenge misleading humane food labeling claims. Deborah she received her JD from Cornell Law School and shares her home with human companions, a cat named Hester, and a rotating band of foster kittens from Washington Humane.”
And last BUT NOT LEAST….DEBORAH DUBOW PRESS STILL WORKING FOR ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE IN MAY OF 2013 WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF A RICO LAWSUIT…..
5/28/2013 FOIA Request: Press, Deborah Animal Welfare Institute. “Request all inspection photos from April Animal Care inspections for class A and B dealers with Direct violations. “ 2013-APHIS-03632-F
9-10-2013 Deborah Press, ASPCA: Conference call concerning questions about the final proposed regulations on retail pet stores.
September 10, 2013: Proposed regulations on “retail pet stores” released and final.