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Petition to President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, Mark Mulvaney, American Horse Council

Mr President, Please Publish Federal Rule Save”The Horses” From “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty

“We, The People” respectfully petition you to please instruct Secretary of Agriculture,  Mr. “Sonny” Perdue, and OMB Director,  Mr. Mark Mulvaney,  to expeditiously review and publish the Federal Rule in the Federal Register to remove the “Pads and Chains” from Tennessee Walking Horses.  This will eliminate 50 years of corruption and Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses! CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) grassroots advocates are largely Southerners who voted for you, but more importantly,  they “Speak FOR ‘The Horses Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.   These are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights” people.   Many of them eat bacon, steak and hunt wild game.  We are not against Horse Shows featuring flat shod natural Tennessee Walking Horses. According to famous Tennessean newspaper Sportswriter Mr. David Climer,  “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is akin to “Dog Fighting” and “Cock Fighting”.  For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport.  Blood sport, yes. Legitimate sport,  no.   Sorry, but I’m calling horse excrement. Soring is still in common practice, and everybody knows it.” Native Tennessean MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says:  "the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses. 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.” CCABLAC animal welfare advocates have peacefully publicly demonstrated against this Animal Cruelty from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL;   to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC;  to Nashville, Columbia & Shelbyville, Tennessee;  to Times Square in your New York City;  to the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. Videos taken by CCABLAC animal welfare advocates at “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Shows have reached over 7+ million persons.  The Tennessee public has responded to calls to “BOYCOTT” the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. The Federal Rule has unprecedented Bi-Partisan support.  The lead Sponsor is Tea Party Republican Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM (R-FL) who is a large animal vet.   The other lead sponsor is Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR), also a large animal vet.    The Federal Rule was proposed on July 26, 2016.   Over 135,000 public comments were made, and 95% favored publication of the Rule in the Federal Register.   Over 182 U. S. Representatives wrote a letter  to the Secretary of Agriculture  on October 25, 2016, “strongly” urging  U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to “expeditiously finalize” the Rule (to abolish ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty). The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Horse Council have strongly endorsed the proposed Federal Rule.  They know the score. Mr. President,  key persons in the Republican establishment have been bought and paid for where this issue is concerned.   Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blocked a vote on this in 2014.    Unfortunately,  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken over $750,000.00 from the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty interests since 1988.  He will not let this measure be voted upon by the U. S. Senate. Mr. President, please do the right thing to help “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves”  To do so,  you will have to go against some key members of the Republican Establishment, but by doing so, you will win over many people who have doubted you. It is what you promised when you ran for President, and said yesterday in your Inaugural Address:   “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital,  there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now. Because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” Mr. President,  “the establishment” will not protect “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves.  This is a marvelous opportunity for you to "Make America Great Again" by taking the side of these magnificent horses who cannot speak for themselves. Mr. President,  please fulfill YOUR promise to “WE, The People”,  and "Make America Great Again", by helping “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves". ----------------------------------------------------------------------  After you SIGN,  please SHARE this petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! A CCABLAC delegation will deliver Your PETITION Signatures and Comments to the White House,  Secretary of Agriculture and Director, OMB (Office of Management and Budget). 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
104,775 supporters
Update posted 8 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
116,545 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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
8,674 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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
10,474 supporters