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Ask Tennessee Governor to pass stiffer penalties for abusing the Tennessee Walking Horse

Ghandi said, "You can judge a society by the way it treats its weakest member." A graphic video was aired on ABC Nightline, showing trainer Jackie McConnell abusing these gorgeous animals to win competitions. The Humane Society went under cover to get this footage.
If you have the stomach for it, I am including the link. I got about 2 seconds into it, muted the tv and turned away. I know how it ends. Something called the big lick was added to this competition, which is most unnatural looking. It takes a lot of abusive tactics to get these horses to comply in this manner.
The Tennessee Walking Horse is gentle by nature and only by banning and halting all events will this abuse stop and demand better regulation.

Pepsico pulled their sponsorship after seeing this video. Everyone can also send them a message of thanks.
Currently this abuse is only a misdemeanor. These acts should be a federal crime, punishable by both jail and heavy fines. It is debatable whether these individuals should ever have the right to train or own horses again. Privileges should be revoked. They should get no second chance..
The trainers are guilty of this, but so aren't owners. Anyone claiming ignorance is almost as ludicrous as dropping a child off at day care without checking the people running it. Who wouldn't check a source ?
If they are that cavalier and negligent about who trains their horse, they shouldn't be in the horse business to begin with. Both owners and trainers need to be accountable for their actions and behavior. Please sign this.
The link for the video- Warning - Graphic videos
► 9:18► 9:18 www.youtube.com/watch?v=URydDyd6AFA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxVlxT_x-f0

 

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  • Demand better regulation and tougher penalties and fines for abuse
    Tennessee Governor Haslam


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