PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS ACT (PAST) APPROACHING HOUSE FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC – The number of Co-Sponsors of HR 1518 in the House of Representatives in a meteoric rise has now reached 202. The magic number is 218, and then the Bill which will be in a position to be moved onto the House Floor by Co-Sponsor Ed Whitfield (R-KY) for consideration.
The Bill’s latest Co-Sponsors include
The measure now has 147 Democrats and and 55 Republicans co-sponsors. Before the Bill moves to the House Floor, it is anticipated that Congressional Hearings will take place before the Energy and Commerce/Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. This should provide a showcase for each side to make their case and face questions from the Congressmen, and will evoke national press coverage.
HR 1518/S.1406 POLL RESULTS TAKE DOWN “BIG LICKERS”
COOKEVILLE, TN – In an historic record landslide victory, 63% of TWHBEA members participating in the HR 1518/S.1406 Poll (26% of the Association’s membership) overwhelmingly voted “YES” for passage of HR 1518/S.1406 to remove pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horse in order to end the public perception of soring and abuse associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
LEADING TENNESSEE NEWSPAPER SAYS “IT”S ABOUT TIME” to “OUTLAW PADS AND CHAINS”
CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Chattanooga Times Free Press has thrown its weight behind the HR 1518/S.1406 conducted by Pat Stout and lauds the 63% TWHBEA members for “wanting a cleaner sport by outlawing pads and chains and making soring a felony”. Referencing the May Executive Committee vote to endorse HR 1518 to removed pads and chains, then the Board of Directors attempt to vote against it, the Times Frees Press said, “It would seem the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse group that provides the breed’s birth lines and registry have spoken. It’s about time.”
Now let’s hope that Congress can find something to agree on with this bill and get the vote made.” Ironically, Chattanooga is the home town of the “Big Lick’s” strongest supporter, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.
THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE CONTINUE TO “GRIND” ON LARRY JOE WHEELON CASE
MARYVILLE, TN – Word on the street is that sooner rather than later the Larry Joe Wheelonmatter will be considered by a Blount County Grand Jury to weigh all the evidence with regard to the alleged violations of the Tennessee aggravated cruelty to animals law and decide whether or not to indict Wheelon for crimes. Larry Joe Wheelon is afforded the presumption of innocence until convicted and found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers.