Pass an Animal Rescuer Protection Law

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I am being punished for trying to save horses from slaughter.  

My wife and I buy neglected, often abused horses at auction to keep them from going to slaughter. We have successfully cared for and re-homed over 100 of these animals in the last 5 years. But passersby who don’t know our mission have twice called Animal Control to report  suspected abuse. My wife and I have often debated giving up our rescue mission because these run-ins with Knox County Animal Control (KCAC) are both humiliating and costly.

Animal rescuers should be supported for helping neglected and abused animals not discouraged. Join me in asking Gov. Haslam and the Tennessee legislature to pass an Animal Rescuer Protection Law.

Pictured is Gracie, whom we saved from slaughter only about 6 weeks ago. KCAC has now seized her and other horses, suggesting that we are the ones responsible for their poor condition. We have tried to show them the medical records, purchase history, dental treatment records, and other documents to prove we are trying to nurse these poor creatures back to health, but they refuse to consider any of this until we go to court and present it to a judge.  The process is not only humiliating but costly. We’ve successfully defended ourselves against similar distressing accusations in the past, but we don’t have much more fight, or money, left in us.

There are many horse enthusiasts in Tennessee who have the knowledge and ability to help horses in need. But they are afraid, because they don't want to fall into the Animal Control trap. The issue is so bad that even vets understand the risk. Recently, after taking a rescued horse to a local vet, we were told to hide her in the barn and feed her hay instead of turning her out to pasture to avoid trouble with Animal Control.  That is absurd, and clearly not right.

Helping animals should not be a liability.  It should be encouraged and supported.Please help us pave the way for the Tennessee Volunteer spirit to flourish. Sign this petition to show your support for animal rescuers, so we can help these animals without fear of retribution or prosecution.

Join me in calling on Tennessee to pass an Animal Rescuer Protection Law

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