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horses

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Sidney A. McPhee, PhD, Mr. Rick Insell

Ask MTSU, And Mr. Rick Insell, To Sever Ties With The Animal Cruelty Of The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse

These horribly scarred feet, photographed on July 28, 2015,   belong to a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Gen’s Ice Glimmer” (TWHBEA Reg. #20404770/Bloodtype #TWT050457)  "Glimmer" was found to be "SORE"on April 5, 2013,  at the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show held on the MTSU campus.  Mr. Andy Simpson,  hired as a Judge by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration 2012 Spring Fun Show, allegedly committed cruel acts to make "Glimmer" perform the Big Lick . Facing other federal Animal Cruelty charges unrelated to "Glimmer",  Mr. Simpson started an 8 month federal suspension from showing TWH on June 1, 2015 which runs to January 31, 2016. Thanks to the Horse Plus Humane Rescue of Hohenwald, Tennessee,  “Glimmer” was saved from slaughter on July 28, 2015 when a person with the 2015 Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  bought Glimmer before he went under the auctioneer’s hammer with killer buyers present.  With his feet permanently disfigured,  "Glimmer" was no more use to the various people who used him for family entertainment for nine years .   So they apparently decided to get rid of him.  Almost 11 year old “Glimmer's” last show was the July 18, 2015 London, Kentucky Horse Show.    On July 19,  “Ice Glimmer”  was offered “For Sale” on Craigs List by a person who won a World Championship at the 2014 Celebration.  "Glimmer" was then taken to auction on July 28 by the WC winner's father. Fortunately, a person decided "Glimmer" wasn't going to be allowed to be sold at auction for killer prices.  This person stepped in and bought "Glimmer" in the auction company's parking lot where he was being ridden by a young woman on a hard rock surface with lead in his feet and chains around his ankles. "Glimmer" was inspected on July 31 by a USDA VMO, and found to be bilaterally sore and permanently scarred in both front feet.  A USDA APHIS IES (Investigatory Enforcement Service) investigation was opened to determine what, if any, laws had been violated. “Glimmer” possesses a blue ribbon pedigree, and a nine year show record over five states - Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina and Virgina.  Ironically,  the MTSU basketball coach Mr. Rick Insell serves as one of seven Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.   Mr. Insell has said,  "The Celebration has been my life for the last 40 years and being able to stay involved is big for my family and always will.  I really enjoy spending my Friday and Saturday nights during the summer watching them showcase their talents and wonderful horses at the one-night shows across the midstate."  Beginning on August 27 and running through September, the Celebration will feature Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  At the 2014 TWH Celebration, USDA Vet inspectors disqualified over 15% of all Big Lick horses it inspected.     On July 25, 2015  (three days before Glimmer was saved),   USDA Vet inspectors at the Pulaski Red Carpet Horse Show found 39% of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses it inspected as “SORE” or not complying with the Horse Protection Act. A state supported University with 23,000 students located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,  MTSU has no business allowing Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses on its campus,  or the Animal Cruelty associated with them to stain its reputation as a place of academic learning. In 2013,  the flagship University of Tennessee chose to no longer allow a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse to be exhibited at the annual UT Homecoming football game.  It now features a natural flat shod TWH. In March 2015,  the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) refused to accept a $50,000.00 donation to its children’s hospital generated by Big Lick Animal Cruelty at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. In 2015,  the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair after protests against Big Lick Animal Cruelty. Over 50,000 persons have signed Petitions against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  Tennesseans have staged four public protests against it.   A BOYCOTT Protest will take place at the Celebration in less than three weeks. It’s now time for MTSU to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty,  by banning the Big Lick TWH from being exhibited on its property, and to no longer allow its salaried employees to be associated with the Animal Cruelty in any way And it’s also time for MTSU employee Mr. Rick Insell,  to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board,  or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach. One of the greatest Tennessee Walking Horses which ever lived, the immortal Wilson’s Allen (never shown Big Lick),  is buried in front of the Horse Science Building at MTSU.    It would honor the memory of Wilson Allen,  sire of Midnight Sun,  for MTSU to set an example,  and ban the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, once and for all.

Mary Smith
15,198 supporters
Update posted 2 days 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
10,460 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Rahm Emanuel, Anna Valencia, Brendan Reilly, Walter Burnett Jr

Lower the maximum temperature for which horse-drawn carriages are allowed to operate

As Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." There is no reason horses in the city of Chicago should have to pull people around in 90 degree weather. It is 88 degrees outside today and there are horse-carriages everywhere. The city of Chicago's current regulation on horse-carriages is that they can operate when the temperature gets up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I propose we lower the maximum temperature in which horse-carriages can operate to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a very reasonable request and it will help the animals out greatly. The city of Chicago needs to stop allowing these animals to suffer in the heat. There have been many instances where horses have died of heat stroke from hot summer heat and humidity. Horses may even suffer from dehydration. Horses can easily be overworked and this is even worse in very hot weather. Making horses carry heavy carriages around all day in hot weather borders animal abuse. The pavement gets much hotter than the air temperature. Horse's hooves will get damaged from the extremely hot temperatures of the pavement. Show you care by lowering the maximum temperature in which horse-carriages can operate in Chicago to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. We cannot condone animal cruelty in the city of Chicago.  Here are some links of incidents involving horse-carriages:http://aldf.org/blog/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-carriage-horse-industry/https://youtu.be/4pj4XM-A5swhttp://www.nyclass.org/horse_drawn_carriages

Aryana Thompson
58,563 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP

Stop Cruel Dumping of Unwanted Horses to Rot Like Trash

Late last month, a tiny foal was found tossed on the roadside like trash at an illegal dumping site in the UK. "Sadly, the foal was just dumped on a lane and covered with a piece of cloth,” said RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin. “It’s horrible to think what a horrid short and likely painful life it had.” This is just one in a string of heartbreaking incidents -- including a poor foal found with a broken neck and in immense pain, thrown away to rot beside an old toilet and other junk in a trash heap. In another tragic case, a dying, pregnant mare was found dumped next to a busy road. She appeared to be in the process of giving birth when she was left there. Horses are being wildly overbred in the UK, and more and more people are throwing away dying or neglected horses like garbage. The RSPCA says they witnessed a 55% rise in illegal dumping last year alone. “For several years now we, as a charity, have been picking up the pieces of the equine crisis, with our inspectors being called out to sick, injured, neglected or cruelly treated horses every single day. And despite our best efforts the crisis is not getting any better,” said Cathy Hyde, the RSPCA chief inspector for Greater Manchester. The UK government has a responsibility to address this problem -- and if they fail to act, innocent horses and ponies will continue to be dumped and left to die excruciating deaths. Sign this petition to urge the UK Parliament to end the horse dumping crisis and stop the suffering at once. 

Lady Freethinker
14,768 supporters