Save Panama City Beach/Bay County, FL From "Owning"The Stigma Of "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty
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On Jan. 12, 2016, the Panama City Beach/Bay County Florida Tourism Boards agreed to give a "Horse Show Organizer" $25,000.00 of tax money to "market and promote" the Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Horse Show at the City owned Park on April 21-23.
The Show's Organizer failed to tell the Tourism Boards that showing "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses is institutionalized Animal Cruelty.
Florida Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) is presently sponsoring a Federal Law, the PAST Act, which will make the Big Lick illegal and abolish it forever. Almost 60% of U. S. House members publicly support Rep. Yoho's bill.
The "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse is no longer allowed at the University of Tennessee Homecoming football game due to its being associated with Animal Cruelty. A year ago, the University of Mississippi turned down an annual $50,000.00 charitable donation to its Childrens Hospital from a "Big Lick" horse show because it did not want any blood money derived from "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty.
The "Big Lick" is an exaggerated gait which, according to Middle Tennessee State University Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner, is animal cruelty. "It is a learned response to pain , and the fact is the "Big Lick" can only be accomplished by 'SORING'". This practice is when Trainers or their employees apply irritating chemicals to burn the skin of the horses front feet. The horse is then shown with 8 pound platform shoes, and wearing "chains" which hit the sore burnt skin on the horse's front feet creating the "Big Lick" gait.
The PCB Show Organizer failed to provide the Tourism Board with USDA Horse Protection Activity Report for the 2015 Walking Horse Super Bowl (Celebration), showing 35% of the "Big Lick" horses were disqualified by USDA Vet Inspectors for alleged Animal Cruelty violations.
The Show Organizer also failed to disclose that a federal USDA Complaint was filed against both her, and her Horse Trainer, on Dec. 14, 2015, for alleged Horse Protection Act violations (Animal Cruelty) at the 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Horse Show held in Panama City. The USDA Vet inspectors charged the Organizer with riding a "SORE" Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
The PCB Organizer did not disclose the numerous Horse Protection Act Violation citations (Animal Cruelty), and federal suspensions of various Officers, Directors and members of the WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association). The name of the event is the "Gulf Coast Walking Horse Trainers Show".
On Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, it was revealed learned that the $25,000.00 has NOT been paid to the Horse Show Organizer. The TDC Director said, "The cooperative marketing funds for the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show that were authorized by the CVB Board of Directors have not been paid to date. These funds are generally used to reimburse the event organizers for actual expenses related to the marketing and promotion of the event."
If Panama City Beach is to maintain its reputation for integrity, which is worth far more than $25,000.00, the "Big Lick" Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show should NOT receive one dime of the $25,000.00.
The Panama City/Bay County Tourism Board meets on March 8, 2016.
The nine members of the Florida Tourism Boards have a decision to make. Mayor Gayle Oberst; City Councilman Mr. Richard Russell; Mr. David Chapman; Mr. Phillip Griffitts, Jr.; Mr. Buddy Wilkes; Ms Yoni Patronis; Mr. Andy Phillips; Mr. Gary Walsingham and Mr. Mike Thomas. These ladies and gentlemen will decide how Panama City Beach/Bay County, Florida will be regarded all over America and throughout the world where the matter of Animal Cruelty is concerned.
Please SIGN and ask Tourism Board Members to NOT provide any tax funds to "market and promote" the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show IF there are ANY "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse classes.
If the members fail to do this, then Panama City/Bay County Florida will sadly own the image of hurting innocent defenseless "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses in the name of promoting tourism.
That would be inhumane and unacceptable.
Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) said, ,“Bottom line, you either want to end equine abuse caused by humans or you favor equine abuse caused by humans. Which is it?”
God bless U. S. Representative Theodore Yoho.
Note: According to federal 990 tax returns, the Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Horse Show, since 2010, has contributed a grand total of $11,600.00 to Panama City Beach charities, while it has contributed $42,160.00 to organization
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