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Animal Cruelty

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Petition to Tom Vilsack, Barack Obama

Finalize The Federal Rule To Abolish "Big LIck" Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses

Please SIGN this Petition to ABOLISH “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. The welfare of "The Horses" should be above Politics. Over 95% of the persons 'commenting'  are "FOR"  the proposed Federal Rule which will abolish "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses. CCABLAC joins with Tea Party Conservative Republican Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), both large animal vets,  in urging U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,  and U. S. President Barack Obama,  to act expeditiously to do all things necessary to finalize the proposed Federal Rule.  On October 24, 2016, Reps. Yoho - Schrader, along with 179 other Congressmen, signed a Letter making it clear that the ONLY EQUINES that the proposed Rule would affect are: Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses The "Comment" period ended on October 26, 2016, with a total of                   73,933 Total Comments: FOR:         70,292 (95%)AGAINST:   3,641 (5%) Once done, the Federal Rule abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty will be published in the Federal Register as part of the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, and it will be become law. "WE, The People" - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty) has led the fight against abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty. Over 200,000+ signing Change.Org Petitions, and 26 peaceful public protests from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. After you SIGN, please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter!    Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. "WE, The People", CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)  

Mary Smith
8,496 supporters
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Petition to Bill Haslam, Jai Templeton, Dr. Bill Frist

Don’t Spend ONE DIME of Tennessee Taxpayers Money To Perpetuate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty!

Due to “political connections”,  the State of Tennessee plans to spend taxpayers  money in excess of $100,000.00 to support the perpetuation of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Show Horses. The players in this scenario are: Mr. Steve Smith,  outgoing TWHBEA President, and Tennessee Republican Party power broker.  Mr. Smith was Campaign Chairman for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Mr. Jai Templeton, TN Agriculture Commissioner,  appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R-TN) Former U. S. Senator Bill Frist, M. D (R-TN),   close personal friend of Mr. Steve Smith. On Friday,  December 2,  2016,   TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith announced at the annual TWHBEA Award banquet that: The State of TN Department of Agriculture will provide State of Tennessee taxpayer dollars in excess of $100,000.00 to fund “Project Pegasus” which will perpetuate the “Big Lick” show horse which MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University)  Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says:  “The ‘Big Lick’ is built on the suffering and pain of horses.   The fact is that 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.” In the past TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith was issued a citation for alleged “soring” of a Tennessee Walking Horse (Animal Cruelty). http://www.billygoboy.com/2016/12/05/part-ii-outgoing-twhbea-president-mr-steve-smith-announces-tennessee-taxpayer-money-100000-00-will-fund-project-pegasus-to-save-big-lick-animal-cruelty-show-circuit/ At the TWHBEA meeting,  Mr. Steve Smith told the “Big Lick” crowd that former Tennessee U. S. Senator Dr. Bill Frist would intervene on their behalf to save the “Big Lick” show horse. According to Mr. Bill Harlin,  proprietor of legendary Harlinsdale Farm,  “Tennessee has gained the reputation of being a ‘Horse Abuse’ state. The State Horse – Tennessee Walking Horse – has experienced a 46 year reign of terror of horse abuse.  It is the only Equine Breed shown in 8 LB stack platform shoes,  with Chains on their feet.   Self regulation has not worked.   In response to peaceful protests by CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty),  Tennesseans have BOYCOTTED “Big Lick” horses shows, and other “Big Lick” Shows no longer exist including the long time Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi.  On July 26, 2016,    USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proposed a Federal Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” and abolish the “Big Lick”.   Over 95% of the public comments were favorable,  with support by 181 U. S. Representatives and 40 U. S. Senators.  Finalization of the Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, in the Federal Register is presently pending before the end of the current administration. Please let Tennessee officials: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam; TN Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Jai Templeton, Former U. S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D. know that continuing “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is unacceptable, and it must end. Please do not spend ONE DIME of Tennessee taxpayers money to attempt to perpetuate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.   After you SIGN,  please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials.  WE, The People,  CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)“We speak for “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.

Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty
8,198 supporters
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Petition to MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW Manager Mr. Robert Taylor

CANCEL THE 59 "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AT THE 2015 MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW, AND BAN THEM IN THE FUTURE

As a child, I fondly remember the “Jackson Horse Show” at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds where beautiful sound natural flat shod Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) performed the plantation gaits. My Father was the Horse Show Manager from the early 1940s until the mid-1950s. WHAT'S GOING ON? On March 26 - 28, 2015, one of the CRUELEST Horse Shows - the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) performance or "BIG LICK" show is coming to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The “Mississippi Charity Horse Show” will feature 59 “Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses classes. Sadly, four of the five "Horse Show Judges" have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for "Soring" Horses. “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse€™s front feet to exaggerate their animated step ... The Horses are forced to perform the CRUEL and unnatural high stepping "Big Lick" gait. HOW THEY HURT HORSES TO DO THE "BIG LICK" GAIT Middle Tennessee State vet Dr. John Haffner, “ 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." Trainers deliberately TORTURE by "Soring" by applying harsh chemicals (including kerosene, diesel fuel, and WD-40) to the horse's legs and hooves. The chemicals cause painful blistering so when the horses are shown wearing “CHAINS” on their front feet, it causes excruciating pain which forces the horse into a high-stepping gait. "Big Lick" TWH also wear heavy built up “STACKED SHOES” weighing 10-15 lb per foot. Often, trainers will insert metal or objects between the pads and the horse's foot to create pain which also causes the horse to step high. "Big Lickers" also "train" horses not to react to pre-show inspections. One Trainer used a medieval like "Barbed Wire Harness" in the shape of a "Figure Eight" to fit over a horse's head and ears so it would "learn" not to move during inspections. Other Trainers beat or shock the horses to "teach" them. OVER 50% OF "BIG LICK" HORSES SHOWED SIGNS OF "SORING" On September 10, 2014, The Tennessean newspaper reported over 50% of 389 Tennessee Walking Horses inspected by USDA vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWH Super Bowl) showed signs of soring. It said the apparent signs of soring disqualified 166 competitors during the event -€” 15.4 percent of all of the horses inspected." BUSINESSES REFUSE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH "BIG LICK" In 2014, the Celebration's largest sponsor, Regions Bank (16 states), withdrew its $25,000.00 corporate support of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. In 2012, Pepsi-Co (Pepsi Cola, Mountain Dew brands) withdrew its $25,000.00 corporate sponsorship of the event. NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO ELIMINATE THE SORE “BIG LICK” In 2014, over 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives and 60 United States Senators publicly announced support for a Federal Law to eliminate the "Big Lick" by removing pads and chains from Tennessee Walking Horses, and make horse soring a federal felony. Tragically, the law did not get a vote. Soring is now concentrated in the States of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. UNIV. OF TENNESSEE REMOVED BIG LICK TWH @ UT HOMECOMING Starting in 2012, the University of Tennessee ended the decades long tradition of exhibiting a"Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse at its annual Homecoming football game. The new tradition features a sound natural flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse performing the plantation gaits. UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) DISASSOCIATES FROM THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW OVER SORING CONTROVERSY HOW CAN YOU HELP?? SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION! Please urge Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 "BIG LICK" Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and to BAN them in the future. ' Let's Make It Clear - The people of Mississippi - America - and the World firmly believe in 2015 that the intentional abuse of "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse is CRUEL and UNACCEPTABLE.  Note: Petitioner is a 5th generation Mississippian, Ole Miss alumnus, and former breeder of World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. He served as Media Representative for the All American Walking Horse Alliance at the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” on June 18, 2014, which urged the elimination of the "Big Lick" pads and chains.

Clant Seay
7,752 supporters
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Petition to Dr. Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator USDA APHIS (Deputy Administrator), Tom Vilsack, Kevin Shea, Administrator USDA APHIS

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

  "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.

Joanna Blue
9,781 supporters