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Recent undercover footage from the human society shows that Tennessee Walking Horse trainers are abusing their horses in a most horrific manner. In order to force the horses to walk with a certain gait, trainers are beating horses, zapping them with cattle prods, and soring--placing caustic chemicals on the horses ankles to induce sores, wrapping the sores in chain links, and forcing the horses to walk while experiencing excruciating pain. Recent testing of horses in a show, indicated that all 52 horses tested positive for caustic chemical residue on the ankles.

Letter to
Executive Director, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association Ron Thomas
Director of Office Operations, Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Connie Allen
U.S. House of Representatives
and 2 others
U.S. Senate
Tennessee Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Bill Haslam, TN Governor.

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Stop the Abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses

Recent undercover footage from the human society shows that Tennessee Walking Horse trainers are abusing their horses in a most horrific manner. In order to force the horses to walk with a certain gait, trainers are beating horses, zapping them with cattle prods, and soring--placing caustic chemicals on the horses ankles to induce sores, wrapping the sores in chain links, and forcing the horses to walk while experiencing excruciating pain. Recent testing of horses in a show, indicated that all 52 horses tested positive for caustic chemical residue on the ankles.

This is no way to treat any creature. Animal lovers everywhere want TN to take action and stop these horrific practices. Governor Halsam, walking Horse competitions should be suspended until training rules are created and an appropriate manner of policing trainers is enforced. Mr Thomas and Ms. Allen, please encourage your organizations to work towards finding ways to stop abuse and prevent the horses you love from suffering.

Senators and members for the House of Representatives, you too can help. Please fix the Horse Protection Act (originally passed in 1970). According to the Humane Society, "A 2010 audit by the USDA Office of the Inspector General exposed how trainers in the industry go to great lengths to evade detection rather than comply with federal law and train horses using humane methods. The audit recommended stiffer penalties and eliminating the flawed system of industry self-policing." Please support these reforms and pass the legislation needed to improve the Horse Protection Act. You have the power to stop the horrific abuse of horses.

To see the abuse for yourself, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkyC1Fq6Msg

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Sincerely,