STOP THE USDA "SCAR RULE" CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES - PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 - 28, 2015

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"SORING" Tennessee Walking Horses is animal cruelty and a crime.

These noble horses are the ONLY breed in the WORLD shown in heavy Stacked Shoes with Chains on their legs.

Over 50% of the Horses inspected by the USDA Vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee were "SORE".

“Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse€™'s front legs to exaggerate their animated step.  

The Horses are forced to perform the CRUEL and unnatural high stepping "Big Lick" gait".   The rich and influential people HURTING these Horses have now used political influence to force the USDA into making a Rule Change.

Under the 2014 "SCAR RULE",  if a Horse had "SCARS" on both front legs,  it was disqualified from showing.  

The 2015 "SCAR RULE" permits certain "SCARS" to be on the Horses front legs, and still allows them to show.   

In plain English, the 2015 "SCAR RULE" says "if you can push on the SCAR with your fingers and spread or flatten it out, then it isn't a SCAR."

These "SCARS" result from "Training" the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse by putting harsh burning chemicals on their front legs, and then putting Chains on top of them. The flesh is injured, and "SCARS" develop.  A salicylic acid mix is used to try and burn off the "SCARS".

The new 2015 "SCAR RULE" change will HURT the Horses.

Sound Horse organizations FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) and AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance)  protest and object to the new 2015 USDA "SCAR RULE" change.

The 2015 "Big Lick" Show Season starts at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 26 - 28 in Jackson, Mississippi.  Last week, UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) cut ties with the event, and refused to accept donations due to the controversy surrounding the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses.

Now is the time to let the USDA know that the American Public opposes the 2015 "SCAR RULE" change.

Horses should NOT be HURT and "SCARRED" for the sake of rich people enjoying institutionalized animal abuse in the name of family entertainment. This cruelty to horses should definitely not be in the view of families and children

There's not much time, so let's please all stand up for "The Horses".

Please Sign this Petition, and an automatic email will deliver your message to:

• Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
• Kevin Shea, Administrator -USDA APHIS
• Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator - USDA APHIS

"The Horses" are depending on US to protect them.



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