THETA, TN – Mounting its final effort to try and stop the PAST ACT, the sore Big Lick operatives “manufactured” a letter from the Tennessee Farm Bureau President Lacy Upchurch of Crossville, TN thanking the seven Tennessee Republicans for co-sponsoring Representative Marsha Blackburn‘s HR 4098 alternative to the PAST ACT.
The letter was apparently written by the $17,000.00 per month team of Lobbyist Jeff Speaks and PR guy Phil Osborne.
TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LETTER
“The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is not only important economically to Tennessee but the breed is iconic to our state. Over forty percent of Tennessee Walking Horses reside in either Tennessee or Kentucky. The Equine Industry as a whole provides a valuable market for many agricultural commodities and owners patronize many farm service businesses. We are proud of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and support shows and competition within all breeds and types of horses. Competition showcases the performance and capabilities of a horse. It also encourages steady improvement of genetics and lineage to ensure quality within the breed.
H.R. 4098 addresses the inspection inconsistencies and provides certainty to the inspection protocol. Certainty will allow the vast majority of horse owners, trainers and breeders and those who play by the rules to confidently participate in the horse shows. Congressman Blackburn’s bill sets up a fair and scientific process to provide that certainty. H.R. 4098 implements an objective, science based testing process and provides a bright line indicator of the misuse of both chemicals and equipment. This technology and process insures the basic rights of those who follow the law will be protected. For those who do not, the inspection process will provide undisputable evidence.
We can accept subjective opinions on the beauty of the horse but when it comes to inspections objectivity is a must. We support H.R. 4098 and thank you for your support as well.
Perhaps when cattle farmer Mr. Upchurch says the “breed is iconic to our state” he should pay attention to what a real Walking Horse “Icon” W. W. “Bill” Harlin of Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, recently said, “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.
And perhaps “iconic” pictures like these which are giving Tennessee that “horse abuse state” reputation:
It is interesting to note that one of the key features of the Blackburn Bill is that the Tennessee and Kentucky Commissioners of Agriculture appoint 4 of 9 people to the “Independent Board” to oversee the “Independent HIO”.
Unlike some states where the Commissioner of Agriculture is elected, in Tennessee and Kentucky, the Commissioner is appointed by the Governor.
That gives sore Big Lick people like Steve Smith total control of the “Independent Board”:
Under Representative Blackburn’s sore Big Lick bill, all U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith has to do is call Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam, and ask him to “suggest” a couple of names , i.e., Mike Inman and Walt Chism, to the appointed Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner. Viola. You have two INDEPENDENT members from Tennessee. Repeat the same “connected process” in Kentucky, and you have 4 of the 9 members of the INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. Then these 4 play a large role in appointing the other 5 members.
It’s all a political farce.
One of the invited witnesses to appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee was Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson.
Before Julius Johnson was nominated by Governor Haslam to be Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, he was the President of the Tennessee Farm Bureau. Johnson is a nice man, but he didn’t know what he was talking about when he testified before Congress on November 13, 2013. Johnson read his statement to the Congressional Committee, then he struggled with questions asked him by the Congressmen. He said he did not have the facts necessary to provided answers to certain questions.
This was especially glaring when Johnson said the PAST ACT by taking away the pads and chains would keep young people from being involved with Tennessee Walking Horses and it would eliminate the Walking Horse altogether.
Here is a www.billygoboy.com article which followed:
when he says, “Rural Tennessee would suffer if the legislation is enacted. I believe the proposed legislation is based more on perception than sound science,” Johnson said.
“It will potentially eliminate the walking horse altogether.”
You attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the last century, and you need to know that the University of Tennessee doesn’t think the Walking Horse is about to be eliminated.
Julius if you attended Homecoming last Saturday at Alma Mater, you would have seen this lovely young lady from rural Franklin County, Tennessee exhibit a sound flat shod Tennessee Walking horse which is truly the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
“AMAZING GRACE” WITH CAROLINE EMERY UP
Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times
Or if you had been at Homecoming a year ago, you would have seen:
“A DARING AFFAIR” WITH KIMBRELL HINES UP
2012 ““ UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming ““ Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” ““ Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie
Mr. Commissioner, I know you were appointed and don’t run for election.
But if you did, I think you would get out and realize just how much potential the sound Tennessee Walking Horse has if only the soring stigma can be removed once and for all from around the neck of the breed.
Last year when the Tennessee Farm Bureau supported the “AG GAG” Bill, and Carrie Lee Underwood came forward and people from all over Tennessee spoke up.
“Both the Tennessee state House and Senate have approved the Animal Cruelty and Abuse bill, which declares that anyone who photographs or films video of acts of animal cruelty must turn their material in to police within 48 hours. While supporters argue this prevents animal cruelty, many animal advocacy groups are outraged. Nicknaming the legislation the “Ag Gag bill,” they argue instead that it will deter investigations into animal abuse by reducing undercover videos and not giving those investigating enough time to collect substantial evidence. That’s not to mention that it arguably goes against freedom of the press rights, as spelled out in the First Amendment, along with the risks this bill may pose to food safety issues. Read More: Tennessee ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Infuriates Carrie Underwood | http://theboot.com/tennessee-ag-gag-bill-carrie-underwood/?trackback=tsmclip “
That needs to happen again.