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Petition to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Phil Roe, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Coffman, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Neal Dunn, Jodey Arrington, John Rutherford, Clay Higgins, Jack Bergman, Jim Banks, Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, Tim Walz, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, Ann Kuster, Beto O'Rourke, Kathleen Rice, J. Luis Correa, Kilili Sablan, Elizabeth Esty, Scott Peters, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Jerry Moran, John Boozman, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Joe Manchin

Help Veterans & Dogs - Urge Congress to Adopt National Veteran Service Dog Standards

Here's one problem we can solve. Right now there is a lot of confusion over service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. Current service dog laws are being abused because there isn't a national standard.  As a result, the validity of service dogs has been questioned. Veterans and their service dogs are being denied entry to public places, such as restaurants and airports. Many veterans report that their service dog allowed them to return to a normal life. Doesn't normal life include living without fear of confrontation? A variety of "service dog" bills have been presented in the House and Senate. We need one national standard.  American Humane, National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and a group of academic, business and government experts have created the first national standard for service dogs, but we need your help. Sign and share this petition today and let the House and Senate Committees for Veterans' Affairs know you support one common sense national standard for service dogs.  Supporting this petition will ensure veterans and their service dogs have the opportunity to become credentialed. Let's help veterans and their service dogs live a life without fear of confrontation.    #dogs4vets

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations
20,010 supporters
Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW Manager Mr. Robert Taylor


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
8,682 supporters
Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Mr. Matt Buchanan, N. David Smith, William "Bill" Moore

Cancel and Boycott “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Classes - North Carolina Championship Show

Please SIGN this Petition to STOP “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. Asheville and Fletcher, North Carolina, are two progessive beautiful cities located in Western North Carolina.  Both are known for gentle tolerance, enlightenment and kindness. Unfortunately,  these two cities are hosting the three day “Big Lick” North Carolina Championship Walking Horse Show, Oct. 6 – 8.    Sadly, the horse show will feature “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses.     Tennessee Walking Horses are tortured from an early age to learn how to do the “Big Lick”.   It is a pain induced gait. The horses throw their legs high while wearing Chains and 6 – 8 pound stack shoes.   Caustic chemicals are applied to sensitive skin above the horses hooves, and then wrapped with plastic to “cook in” the chemicals which causes the skin to be blistered.   When the chains hit the skin,  the horses throw their front legs high while squatting down on their back legs – creating the cruel “Big Lick”.  “Big Lick” TWH are the only horses in America which wear Chains in the show ring.    According to Tennessean and Noted Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner,   the "Big Lick" is a "business built on the suffering and pain of horses".   Dr. Haffner is a member of the Horse Science Faculty at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) in Murfreesboro, TN. Even worse, the horse show will be held at the McGough Arena at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center owned by the State of North Carolina.  Of 83 total horse classes  45 will feature the “Big Lick” gait. In March 2015,   the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair.  This action came after a Change.Org Petition gained almost 20,000 signatures, and a public Protest was held at the 2014 NC State Fair. At the 2015 North Carolina Championship Horse Show,   USDA Vet inspectors disqualified a shocking 35% of all the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected for allegedly being in violation of the Horse Protection Act (Animal Cruelty). On July 25, 2016,  the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture took action and opened a Public Comment period to make the “Big Lick” illegal by removing the “Pads and Chains”, consequently abolishing the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.  So far over 81% of the “Public Comments” favor the Federal Regulation to the Horse Protection Act.  The Regulation can be made official after October 26, 2016. It’s time for Americans,  and people all over the World,  to urge the General Manager of the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center;  North Carolina Chief Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture;  and the Mayor of Fletcher, North Carolina to ban the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes, and to urge the public  to Boycott “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)

Mary Smith
117,851 supporters