USDA Announces Recent Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions

USDA Announces Recent Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions



Tanya Espinosa    (301) 851-4092
Lyndsay Cole    (970) 494-7410

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2013--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is continuing to move more swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations.  As part of its effort to make its actions transparent and accessible to the public, APHIS is highlighting enforcement actions taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA).

Copies of documents related to these actions, as well as copies of official warnings, are available in the APHIS FOIA Reading Room at /foia/enforcement_actions.php.

During the month of September, APHIS filed administrative complaints alleging that the following persons violated the AWA or HPA:

            AWA Docket No. 13-0342; Lancelot Kollman Ramos a/k/a Lancelot Ramos a/k/a Lancelot Kollman.

            AWA Docket No. 13-0362; Kenneth Schroeder.

            AWA Dockets No. 13-0335, 13-0336, 13-0337, and 13-0338; Charles Schreiner, Christie Schreiner, Gus Schreiner, and Walter Schreiner d/b/a Y.O. Ranch.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0364; Dennis Smith.

            HPA Dockets No. 13-0345 and 13-0346; McCleish C. Benham and Brandi L. Mills.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0341; Brandon Stout.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0370, 13-0371, and 13-0372; Christopher Alexander, Gerald Dan Waddell, and Rachel Castaldi Medina.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0365 and 13-0366; Howard Hamilton and Patrick W. Thomas.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0347; Justin Harris and John Allen.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0349; William Bradley Beard.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0344; Bradley Davis.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0373, 13-0374, and 13-0375; Jimmy McConnell d/b/a Formac Stables, Zach Wilson, and Molly Walters.

            HPA Docket No. 13-0367, 13-0368, and 13-0369; Jimmy McConnell d/b/a Formac Stables, Zach Wilson, and Robert Jones.

The following persons entered into pre-litigation settlement agreements (also known as stipulations) in connection with alleged violations of the AWA or HPA:

            APHIS Case No. KS130027-AC; Shauna Engelken.

            APHIS Case No. MO120010-AC; Elizabeth J. Frederick.

            APHIS Case No. CA11161-AC; Delta Air Lines, Inc.

            APHIS Case No. FL120222-AC; Sue Pearce.

            APHIS Case No. KS130014-AC; Cedar Cove Feline Park, Inc.
            APHIS Case No. OH120039-AC; Stump Hill Farm.

            APHIS Case No. OK130014-AC; Henry Keele d/b/a Blue Creek Kennels.

USDA's administrative law judges and judicial officer issued decisions and orders under the AWA or HPA involving the following persons:

       AWA Docket No. 12-0339; Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc.

       AWA Docket No. 13-0266; Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

       AWA Docket No. 05-0026; Le Anne Smith.

       HPA Docket No. 13-0251; Stanley Uradzionek a/k/a Stan Urad.

The AWA requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially or exhibited to the public.  It excludes those animals raised for food or fiber.  Persons who operate facilities in these categories must provide their animals with adequate care and treatment in the areas of housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, water, veterinary care and protection from extreme weather and temperatures.

To ensure that its licensees are meeting the AWA standards, APHIS inspectors conduct routine, unannounced inspections of all licensed facilities.  Violations of the AWA can lead to penalties, including official warnings, civil penalties and license suspensions/revocations.  For more information on the inspection and enforcement processes, visit APHIS’ animal care website at

The HPA is the federal law that prohibits horses subjected to a practice called soring from participating in shows, sales, exhibitions and auctions.  Soring is a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait.  APHIS works actively with the horse industry to protect against such abuse, ensuring that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows, sales, exhibitions and auctions.  APHIS’ ultimate goal is to end the inhumane practice of soring completely.

The HPA authorizes APHIS to issue civil penalties and to disqualify violators from participating in horse shows, exhibitions and sales.  Both the AWA and HPA contain criminal penalties as well.


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