Wiliam G. Boy
Dear Senator Alexander,
Both of the above scenes are from your home town of Maryville, Tennessee.
One is the sign of the wide boulevard – “Lamar Alexander Parkway” – which is named after you. On this street – “your street” – the Blount County Courthouse is located at 946 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. The courtroom in this building is where Larry Joe Wheelon will face justice. It is exactly 2.7 miles from the courthouse to 2743 Tuckaleechee Pike where Larry Joe Wheelon’s barn was located. This is where Wheelon allegedly supervised the torture of Tennessee Walking Horses, and the picture of this “bucket stance” horse was taken. Dr. John Bennett, who testified before Congress, also testified that this horse was not sore based on just the picture. He gave some cockamamie lingo about maladjusted tail brace and colic being possible causes. Could Dr. Bennett be one of the Vets you referred to in your The Tennessean Editorial Board Appearance upon who you relied for your information. Bennett is a great guy, likeable, the only problem is he is “paid” to opine on things like this “bucket stance” horse not being sore which is a bunch of hogwash.
Senator, when I listened to the video of your appearance before The Tennessean Editorial Board, I was “pained” to listen to you use those “96% -98%’ bogus manufactured compliance numbers with which your Campaign Finance Chairman TWHBEA President Steve Smith and his Big Lick sore crowd supplied you.
I say that Senator because Steve Smith gave the same bogus numbers to The Tennessean reporter Heidi Hall when he was questioned about picking up a horse soring violation notice in the past, and then not ‘fessing up about he filled out the TWHBEA questionnaire to run for office.
Senator he also dropped your name in the conversation. Here is Smith’s Nov. 29, 2013 quote: “I don’t know why Lamar doesn’t support it, but if you listen to the hearing that was had on the Whitfield bill, it would wreck the industry as we have it today,” Smith said. “We’re 98.5 percent in full compliance at our largest show, where every horse is checked by the federal government, so (lawmakers) probably need to worry about something else more than that.” Alexander’s spokesman issued a statement Wednesday that sidestepped the issue of Smith and said the senator is reviewing the committee testimony.”
Steve Smith told a whopper, when he said every horse at the Celebration was inspected by the federal government. Senator, Celebration SHOW HIO daps inspect every horse. The USDA vets check 2nd and 3rd place horses and do spot checking otherwise. Here’s an example, on Aug. 30, 2013 the SHOW HIO dqb checked 138 Big Lick entries and found –0– HPA violations; the USDA checked 75 and found 10 HPA violations,
Senator, please don’t put your good name and reputation on the line for this Big Lick sore crowd. It’s not who you are. I know they have given you money and are regular campaign contributors, but this humane treatment of animals issue in Tennessee transcends the agenda driven folks like the sore horse crowd.
Here’s what the rest of America, the country you wanted to lead as President, thinks about passing S 1406 to remove the pads and chains, eliminate the corrupt HIOs and make horse soring a federal felony.
Senator, the issue goes to your reputation of integrity, good judgment and being of an “independent mind” to which you often refer. In my opinion, you were a “Profile in Courage” when you voted to approve the President’s nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.. This is another opportunity to make a difference, define the word leadership and show the way for the citizens of your beloved state to not be known as the State which hurts horses in the name of “blood sport” as Tennessean sportswriter David Climer wrote.
THE USDA RIPPED THE COVERS OFF THE 96% -98% BIG LICK ILLUSION
Senator, the sore ones are the Big Lick. The 96% – 98% is skewed because most of those horses are mostly flat shod, not Big Lick.
Senator, the key is you must please focus on the Big Lick padded horses numbers to see what’s really happening..
Here’s what the USDA said on Nov. 3, 2013:
- Senator, the soring is done at the barn. Steve Smith rented a barn for over 25 years to this man who is a serial HPA violator. What Larry Joe Wheelon is accused took place at the barn. They sore them at the barn and then when they get to the horse show and think they get caught – they don’t take them to be inspected. Here’s the proof. The USDA says 1,198 were scratched before competition. Of those 1,198 – 896 were Big Lick. 75% of them scratched because they were sore.. So Senator, it’s not just about inspection – it’s about what you saw on ABC Nightline – it’s about what goes on at the Barn.
- Senator, the Celebration is the show place of the sore Big Lick horse.. That is why Elvis’s widow, Priscilla Presley, pulled the Elvis Presley Graceland Challenge Trophy from the Celebration last week..
- Here’s more proof – the USDA in its spot inspections of horse shows found 399 HPA violations – 325 were Big Lick sore horses. 81% of them.
LIke I told you the other day, the SORING is done at the Barn. That is what Larry Joe Wheelon in your home town of Maryville was accused of doing when they raided his barn on April 18, 2013.
Senator, this week the CEO of the AVMA Ron Dehaven, DVM, put the big hat on the Big Lick when he said a DVM Magazine article:
“When they talk about compliance rates that’s taking all the flat shod with the big lick horses,” DeHaven says. “If you just looked at the big lick horses the prevalence of soring””I think””would be very high.”. Devhaven referenced: U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) Public Affairs Specialist Tanya Espinosa says as of Nov. 3, the USDA attended unannounced 63 of 288 horse events. At those events, 1,198 entries were scratched prior to inspection””896 of those pulled from competition were horses wearing pads and action devices. Of the 9,510 entries at USDA-attended shows, 399 individual horses were found in violation of the HPA””325 of them were found on horses wearing pads and action devices.”
Senator, have you been able to have a conversation yet with MTSU Vet Dr. John Haffner Horse Science Faculty, about what Dr. Haffner said about the Big Lick in his letter to Congressman Ed Whitfield?
William G. Boy