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Re: [RC] FEI backtracks over bute and delays rule implementation - Diane Trefethen

Merri wrote:
*Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article* The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has backtracked on the plans following worldwide uproar over the new rules, due to come into force on 1 January 2010.

On what basis was this "delay" instituted? I do not mean "why" was it instituted. I mean what internal mechanism in FEI allows the President or anyone else to "delay" implementation of rules legitimately approved by the FEI General Assembly?

Don't get me wrong - I am opposed to the use of Bute and the other named drugs on horses within 24 hours of competing. However, I am even more opposed to a valid vote being "delayed" by executive order because of external flak. This is no different than if the AERC general membership voted for a new rule to take effect on April 1, 2010, and the BOD "delayed" that till December, 2010, because those opposed to the new rule and others outside the membership raised an uproar. The BOD doesn't have the authority to do that, no matter how bad the new rule might be. That's the thing about a democratic vote. It is allowed to be bad. The person or platform or rule can be a poor choice.

So, does FEI have in place a mechanism that allows anyone to "delay" the implementation of a legitimately voted rule?


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