Please Ask Rust Communications To Allow Ad Against Hurting Horses in Shelbyville, TN Paper
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The Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty has asked Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper, owned by Rust Communications of Cape Girardeau, MO, to run the following AD - "Please Free Shelbyville & Bedford County From The Stigma Of "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty".
On last Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, and on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, Times-Gazette Publisher Mr. Hugh Jones refused to allow an Ad to run in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper on Sunday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug 24.
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette is the newspaper of record for Shelbyville and Bedford County. It has an obligation and trust to provide factual information regarding the Animal Cruelty issue which faces the Shelbyville and Bedford County community. To refuse this Ad is not in keeping with the trust held by community newspapers.
This Citizens Campaign Ad factually informs the newspaper's readers that:
" ... “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty featured at the annual Celebration, Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, has gained the national and international image of being the ‘Home of Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty. This has caused substantial economic damage which includes:'
- Loss of civic pride and self esteem
- Loss of property values – many farms for sale
- Loss of employment
- Loss of hotel and restaurant revenue"
The Ad states, "Here is the answer to free Shelbyville and Bedford County from being known to America and the World as Home of Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses." It urges, "Please send a clear message by not attending any part of this year’s Celebration."
Please let ST-G Publisher Mr. Hugh Jones, Mr. Jon Rust and Mr. Rex Rust, Co-Presidents of Rust Communications of Cape Girardeau, MO, know that America and the World does not approve of the Rust Communications newspaper - Shelbyville Times-Gazette - siding with people who hurt horses, and not allowing people who want to protect horses to run an Ad in the Shelbyville, Bedford County, TN community newspaper.
It is not fair to prohibit an Ad which informs and appeals to the residents of Shelbyville and Bedford County to "Walk Away" from a culture of Animal Cruelty which, according to MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Vet Dr. John Haffner, "is built on the suffering and pain of horses.
At the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse Super Bowl (Celebration) in Shelbyville, TN, USDA Vet Inspectors disqualified 35% of the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected. That is 182 of 525 horses USDA Vets inspected were not allowed to show due to alleged Horse Protection Act violations (Animal Cruelty).
The USDA reports the following threats of violence in Shelbyville against USDA Vet Inspectors at "Big Lick" Horse Shows:
"6/20/14- Horse trainer refused to hand over suspicious substance in trailer; hostile crowd formed near trailer, Shelbyville, TN
6/20/14- Hostile, moderate-sized crowd formed around inspection area after a violation for a prominent trainer, Shelbyville, TN
6/20/14- Unauthorized spectator repeatedly attempted to enter inspection area and take pictures of ACI’s laptop screen; attempted to incite the crowd with anti-USDA comments; called a VMO a “bitch”, Shelbyville, TN
8/27/15- Verbal abuse/intimidation/harassment; Shelbyville, TN 8/27/15- Verbal abuse/trainer threw back tag at the VMO; Shelbyville, TN
8/31/15- VMO’s vehicle with GOV plates broken into/vandalized in hotel parking lot; Smyrna, TN
9/1/15- Trainer physically threatened VMO; Shelbyville, TN
5/6/16- Unidentified horse trainer threatened APHIS VMO: “I hope when you leave tonight, you get shot in the back!”; Shelbyville, TN"
None of these incidents have been reported in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper.
The Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty Ad appeals to Shelbyville and Bedford County residents to not be part of the 2016 Celebration which features "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty perpetrated upon innocent wonderful Tennessee Walking Horses.
Please SIGN and URGE Rust Communication officials to please allow this Ad to run in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper in the Aug. 21 and Aug. 24, 2015 editions.
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