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Petition to Dr. Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator USDA APHIS (Deputy Administrator), Tom Vilsack, Kevin Shea, Administrator USDA APHIS


  "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
10,612 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Steven Shechtman, Santa's Enchanted Forest

Urge Santa's Enchanted Forest to drop animal shows!

UPDATED 1/4/2017Please sign to urge Santa’s Enchanted Forest to END cruel live animal acts at their annual events! Santa's Enchanted Forest is a popular Miami holiday attraction featuring light displays, carnival type rides and food. Unfortunately they also host pony rides, a sea lion show, pig racing and a petting zoo. Though we don’t believe any animal belongs in this loud, chaotic carnival atmosphere, we are especially concerned for the sea lions and ponies on display at Santa’s. This petition has been updated as we now have the names of the animal exhibitors and disturbing new info. The performing sea lions are owned by Marco Peters of Squalus, Inc., a former circus trainer. He used to exhibit sharks and had no prior experience with sea lions before starting his current business. They have a disturbing history of Animal Welfare Act violations (including sea lions escaping the stage area, caretakers covered in bite wounds from the animals, and keeping the sea lions in municipal water instead of saltwater, causing painful eye problems). The USDA has been inspecting them once a month for the past year, which shows you how concerned they are. One of the inspection reports noted that "the current caretakers have not been adequately trained and supervised to maintain the professionally acceptable level of husbandry practices required by USDA." The ponies at Santa’s are owned by Show-Me Safari and are chained to a “hot-walker” which forces them to walk in circles for hours on end. We have documented the ponies chained to this device, forced to walk in circles, for 6-7 hours straight, with no access to food or water, MULTIPLE times. We notified Santa’s park director Buddy Cormican and the exhibitor herself, in person, and no action was taken to limit rides or give the ponies a rest. According to Santa’s own statements the ponies are only supposed to work two hours per night, which is not the case. In 2014 Show-Me Safari was issued a direct violation by the USDA for failing to provide care to a camel in their care that had multiple cuts that left it's left swollen and susceptible to infections.  Santa’s claims to have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse but this is clearly not true. Please continue to comment on Santa’s Facebook, Yelp and TripAdvisor pages asking them to end this cruelty. You can also email them via the contact form on their website:  Keep the Lights, Drop the Animal Shows!

Wendy King
70,450 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to FJ Productions

FJ Productions: Replace Tai the elephant with a CG elephant!

There is no place for animal cruelty in entertainment – and I’m asking for your help to try and stop it. Today we have the technology to replace live animals in film productions, so there is no excuse for using live elephants or other wild animals, who are cruelly trained to perform. Yet a film currently in production, Saving Flora, is using an elephant. To make matters worse, the company is using Tai – an elephant who was stolen from her family in the wild as a baby and trained to perform, including in circuses – to tell the story of an elephant who is escaping a circus! Sign this petition urging FJ Productions to replace Tai with a computer-generated elephant in the filming of Saving Flora! Have Trunk Will Travel, the California-based company that owns Tai, was caught on camera during a training session in which handlers forcefully struck and hooked elephants with a bullhook – a weapon resembling a fireplace poker that is designed to inflict pain and punishment. Tai’s owners have publicly defended using bullhooks on elephants. I am one of the people who signed an open letter to FJ Productions, joining the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), national animal protection organizations, elephant sanctuaries, and other entertainment industry professionals in condemning the use of Tai for this film. Sign this petition to join me in urging FJ Productions to reconsider the use of Tai and instead utilize a computer-generated elephant to tell their story. Thank you!

Bob Barker and Performing Animal Welfare Society
53,918 supporters