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“The Horses” never had a better friend than the late U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings (D-MD) who passed away on October 8, 2018.

 To honor his memory and legacy,  “WE, The People” - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”) and Animal Wellness Action,  urge the introduction,  and a VOTE by the U.S. House of Representatives, and by the U. S. Senate,  on the "U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST ACT" in the 116th Congress which convenes in January  2019.

Senator Tydings was the author of the Horse Protection Act of 1970.  It was supposed to protect horses against “Soring” to produce the high stepping “Big Lick” gait. Sadly, the intent has never been fulfilled.   Senator Tydings was disappointed that “The Horses” he heroically tried to protect were still suffering 48 years later.

In 2014, Senator Tydings said,  “What is being done to these horses is brutal and has no place in a civilized society.  The only answer to end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses is to remove the pads and chains.”

This horrific video viewed by 406,000 persons made at the 2018 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration shows the “Big Lick” gait in SLOW MOTION.  Approximately EIGHT pound stack shoes (pads) awkwardly strike and concuss against the hard track as CHAINS slam into the sensitive skin above the horse’s front hooves creating the high stepping “Big Lick” gait.

Native Tennessean MTSU Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses.  The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring.   When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.”

Due to the institutionalized “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty perpetrated against Tennessee Walking Horses, the TN Walking Horse breed registry (TWHBEA) is an outcast in the equine world.   It is refused membership by The American Horse Council, and it is condemned by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) for the “Big Lick” practice.

The Tennessee Walking Horse also is the only equine breed in America which allows “BABY HORSES” - Two Year Olds being shown while wearing EIGHT pound shoes and CHAINS.  

These "BABY HORSES" are often started under saddle at the age of 16 – 17 months olds evidenced by these two 2018 videos:

Here is a shocking Video of the “BABY HORSE” - Two Year World Grand Champion at the 2018 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

And this "BABY HORSE" Two Year Old Celebration Class viewed by 691,000 persons.

And a “BABY HORSE”  Two Year Old Class at Asheville, NC in October 2018 viewed by 342,000 persons.

Senator Joseph D. Tydings supported the “WE, The People” – CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses)  grass roots effort by peacefully protesting outside “Big Lick” Horse Shows, and making videos and putting them on the internet and social media to educate the public.

This video seen by 664,000 person shows a stumbling “Big Lick” horse at Jackson, MS in 2015.  Thanks to CCABLAC, that "Big Lick" TWH Horse Show no longer exists.

Now,  with the full support of the Family of the late Senator Joseph D. Tydings (D-MD),  “WE, The People” - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”) and Animal Wellness Action, urge the United States Congress to VOTE on the “U. S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST ACT” in the 116th Session of Congress.

 Please SIGN this Petition to END this Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”).

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YOUR Petition Signatures and Comments asking for a VOTE will be delivered to the Democratic and Republican Leaders of the U. S. Congress.

WE, The People - CCABLAC                                                                                (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)