It is no surprise that The Big Lick crowd would not be pulling any punches in their push to stop the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The timing of these allegations against Rep. Whitfield (who introduced the PAST Act) – right before the summer break – is designed to muddy the waters and stop a vote from being brought in the House to pass the PAST Act. ~ HfH
By: Janet Patton
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, said Monday that an ethics investigation underway in Washington was prompted by efforts to derail his legislation to fight soring of Tennessee walking horses.
Whitfield told reporters that the complaint alleges that his wife, Connie, lobbied him for the Humane Society of the United States to file the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which seeks to ban the pads and chains used by some walking horse trainers.
“She did not lobby me on it,” Whitfield said. “I was involved in this in 2004, wrote a letter about it in 2010. I’d already made a decision to introduce this bill. Connie was a part of the coalition, along with (American Horse Council president) Jay Hickey and others. She did not convince me to do this bill. I’ve been involved in animal issues since I was first elected in 1994.”
Connie Whitfield is an attorney who has worked as a consultant for the Humane Society since 2011 and has lobbied on behalf of the PAST Act.
Ed Whitfield said that “ironically, my score with Humane Society has gone down” in recent years because he doesn’t support other parts of the group’s agenda pertaining to animal agriculture.