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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)
Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
Please consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign to provide emergency aid to dogs rescued in Yulin: change.org/helpyulindogs Did you know, every year, on the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up to be eaten in Yulin, China as part of a Dog Meat Festival? We believe that this cruel “festival” has no place in the 21st century. There are so many reasons to end this horrific festival -- warning, the following information may be upsetting. Many of the dogs that are killed are stolen household pets or are watchdogs of rural families. Allowing the Dog Meat Festival to continue is like endorsing dog theft, which supplies the dog meat industry. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is also a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick, poisoned and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys, many days without food and water and may carry contagious disease. We appeal to you to act in the interest of public health, food safety, animal welfare, and the image of Guangxi and China. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is a business operation that undermines the national and public interest. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government is at a historical juncture. The Dog Meat Festival must end. By signing our petition, you’re joining a global movement with like-minded people who want to shut down this heinous festival and trade. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in both online and in-person events happening around the world. Thank you, Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (www.duoduoproject.org)
Help Animals Whose Lives Depend on ASPCA Pet Insurance
Floppy is a miracle kitty, he has fought to be in this world from day one – when I rescued him as a tiny kitten from a life of neglect. Since then he has grown into the sweetest and most amazing pet I have ever had. Recently Floppy was diagnosed with a rare form of Mast Cell Cancer and was given a poor prognosis, with a maximum of a couple of months to live.Neither I, nor little Floppy, accepted this diagnosis. I went to extreme lengths to ensure he had the best medical treatment available. Thanks to his amazing veterinarians, and his tenacity and will to live, he has gone into complete remission. His rebound to total health is nothing short of magical, he has baffled the vets on his case. Needless to say, the treatment has been beyond expensive. If I had not had the foresight to buy pet insurance years ago, I would not have been able to afford all the weekly vet visits and daily medications.However recently, ASPCA Pet Insurance (a subsidiary of the Hartville Group) started to deny his claims. They state that since his plan has renewed, his "illness" is no longer eligible for coverage. Despite the fact that there has been no lapse in coverage or change requested to his policy since it renewed, ASPCA Pet Insurance refuses to honor any future claims for his condition. I am not alone as a consumer in my issues dealing with ASPCA Pet Insurance. Consumer Affairs and Yelp give them the lowest possible ratings, with a heartbreaking list of numerous cases just like mine. Some people have lost their pets because they couldn't afford critical medical care for their dogs or cats.The ASPCA organization website says "Animals Need Us." Well, Animals Need ASPCA Pet Insurance to honor their commitment to animal welfare by providing better insurance plans, and more transparency to their consumers. Floppy's life and many other pets lives depend on the coverage they provide for expensive veterinary treatments. Please help me get ASPCA Pet Insurance to be accountable to the animals they provide medical coverage to.