Support Kessler's Immediate Removal from Colorado State Veterinary Medicine Board

Support Kessler's Immediate Removal from Colorado State Veterinary Medicine Board

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The Fence Post started this petition to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis

Editor’s Note: The following letter is the one The Fence Post Magazine's Assistant Editor Rachel Gabel will be sending to Gov. Polis. This is done with the full support of editor Rona Johnson and publisher Sabrina Poppe. If you would like to use it as a template to send your own email to his office, you’re welcome to do so. You can email him at Governorpolis@state.co.us.

The comments and signatures gathered on this platform will be delivered as a pdf file to the Governor’s office in the coming week. Again, #showingup for agriculture has never been so vitally important. Thank you for signing, commenting, sharing, and supporting agriculture.

-Rachel

 

Dear Governor Polis,


Ellen Kessler, your most recent appointee to the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine, has publicly demonstrated a lack of objectivity about the state’s agriculture industry, calling into question, once again, her ability to carry out the responsibility of her seat on the board without personal bias and in a fair and equitable manner. She has violated her oath and the trust of those who depend upon her service by showing, emphatically, that she cannot be impartial in the performance of her duties. I am asking for her immediate resignation or removal from the Board.


Kessler has aligned herself with Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, by participating in what she called a “disruption” on Oct. 31 at a Denver-area Costco that ended in store management summoning law enforcement to remove her and the other activists. Harassing the state’s businesses and intimidating consumers reflects negatively upon your administration and demonstrates her lack of respect for the honor of serving on the board and the gravity of the tasks at hand. As a public member of the Board, her willingness to flaunt her involvement with and dedication to an extremist group known for illegal activities is in no way representative of most Coloradans.


In her position, Kessler will be asked to guide and enforce professional standards for veterinary practitioners; will make, amend, and adopt reasonable rules to govern the conduct of veterinary practitioners; and will play a role in interpreting the veterinary practice law onto specific cases in a fair and equitable manner that is in keeping with the intention of the law. The veterinarians in our state that are vital to so many Coloradans ought not be at the mercy of Kessler’s whims or anti-agriculture agenda.


In a statement from your administration, you said you have appointed individuals to boards and commissions based upon their “professional and life backgrounds, not their social media engagement and dietary habits.” Conversely, though, when a person’s activities involve criminal actions, it’s a demonstration of a lack of respect for the rule of law and a lack of respect for the people affected by her inability to faithfully perform her role on the Board.


I appreciate your consideration and again, based on a grave conflict of interest, ask for Kessler’s immediate resignation or removal from the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Yours in agriculture,
Rachel Gabel
Assistant Editor, The Fence Post Magazine

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