WASHINGTON, DC – Arkansas Republican Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) today agreed to co-sponsor HR 1518, PAST ACT increasing the number to 265. If the number reaches 280, it can pass the House on a voice vote. Griffin represents the 2nd District of Arkansas which includes the state capitol of Little Rock.
Representative Griffin is another Southern Republican member of Congress co-sponsoring the HR 1518, PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act). The supporters now number 265 members of the U. S. House of Representatives – 61%.
Arkansas has a strong Big Lick history being the home of Joe Webb, World Grand Champion trainer of Rodger’s Perfection, Carbon Copy and Mark of Carbon. At one time the Little Rock Charity Horse Show was one of the featured shows on the Dixie Circuit.
The Arkansas TWHBEA members voted “YES” for passage of the PAST ACT. The 61% of House members further validates the 63% of the entire United States shown on “The Map” favoring passage of the PAST ACT.
THE SORE BIG LICK CONTINGENT LOBBYING ON CAPITOL HILL
In a desperation attempt to try and stop the PAST ACT bandwagon, the sore Big Lickers are now in Washington trying to persuade lawmakers to change their positions, but are not having much luck.
The Big Lick group includes:
Jeffrey Howard, PSHA Spokesperson & WHR Editor
Mickey McCormick, Walking Horse Trainer Boyz President
Mike Inman, Celebration CEO
Jeff Speaks, Lobbyist) $12,000.00 per month
Phil Osborne, Public Relations) $5,000.00 per month
The Lickers are going from office to office wearing color coded 6 ounce chains around their necks and carrying a “package” with them and ‘splaining the Big Lick, but leaving out the soring part.
THE LICKERS VS FLATTERS FACE OFF IN CONGRESSMAN TOM RICE’S OFFICE
In a “the truth is stranger than fiction” scenario, The Big Licker Boyz had a meeting set up in Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) office. Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) was also invited. The Big Licker group didn’t know that also invited to the meeting were Congressman Ed Whitfield and his Agriculture Aide Marty Irby.
A discussion took place. Jeffrey Howard and Mickey McCormick did most of the talking for the Lickers, and Mike Inman chimed in some, too. They basically pitched themselves as good ole country boyz trying to feed their families and eke out a living dealing with Tennessee Walking Horses. They spouted the usual propaganda about the 98.4% compliance rate and the non-peer reviewed Auburn study. They produced color coded six ounce chains around their necks and a Big Lick shoeing package telling how harmless it all was. McCormick even had a bottle of baby lotion with him to rebut the matter of foreign substances on swabs.
Congressman Whitfield destroyed the 98.4% compliance argument, telling them that, according to the USDA, 93% of all HPA violations on the Big Lick horses including the 2013 Celebration were on padded Big Lick horses. He also provided the swabbing data which showed the illegal foreign substances on the horses pasterns, most of them in the ‘caines group used to deaden skin to pain.
Commenting on the shoeing “package”, Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) , a practicing large animal veterinarian before being elected, said that no matter whether the package was legal or not, it could easily cause a horse to bow a tendon.
At the end of the day, both Southern Republican Congressmen Tom Rice and Ted Yoho didn’t waver from their support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
CONGRESSMAN TOM RICE (R-SC)
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO (R-FL)
It should be noted that Trainer Boyz President Mickey McCormick has about 24 HPA citations on his dossier. Allegedly, Celebration CEO Mike Inman has “7060” Letters of Warning. Lobbyist Jeff Speaks is getting paid $12,000.00 a month. Last March, he accompanied Ex PSHA Chair Terry Dotson to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office. Terry told the Secretary that he would “clean up and stop the soring”, then Terry got two horses turned down sore by the USDA vet on the first night of the Celebration. Dotson abruptly resigned as PSHA Chair and left during the middle of the Celebration.
More to come on the Lickers lobbying efforts.