NASHVILLE, TN – Supporters of the Congressman Ed Whitfield’s, PAST ACT, Prevent All Soring Tactics appeared before The Tennessean Editorial Board on Friday, March 29, 2014 to make the case for passage of the legislation which would remove the pads and chains to eliminate the institutionalized culture of criminal animal abuse in the name of family entertainment.
The group included former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), VP International Walking Horse Association and Gallatin, Tennessee resident Donna Benefield and Attorney Clant M. Seay.
Here is the video of the Session.
And some Photos (The Tennessean):
Author of the original Horse Protection Act, Senator Tydings brought materials from 1969 – 1970. He reminisced about the days when The Tennessean newspaper was covering the story, and it was instrumental in informing the public which resulted in the Horse Protection Act becoming law.
Donna Benefield brought assorted Soring paraphernalia used by the Walking Horse Traine BOYZ, and she explained how it was used. Editorial Director Ted Rayburn is holding a 10 lb stack. Benefield said she has seen some stacks weighing as much as 15 lb.
Benefield provided documentation that there were not “just a few bad apples” soring horses as PSHA Spokesperson Jeffrey Howard, son of Celebration Chairman would have the public believe. Benefield is holding a thick sheaf of papers containing a alphabetical listing, single spaced, of all the Horse Protection Act violations for the last 30+ years.
Benefield accused PSHA Spokesperson/Walking Horse Report Editor Jeffrey Howard in his Dec. 3, 2013 appearance before The Tennessean Editorial Board of making gross misrepresentations to The Tennessean and to the general public of Tennessee.
THE LIST INCLUDED:
- Jeffrey Howard – The Celebration’s S.H.O.W. inspection program has a “good working relationship with the USDA”. Benefield said, “The USDA does not have a good working relationship with the Celebration. The USDA has filed charges against the Celebration’s horse inspection program and taken legal steps to decertify it.”
- Jeffrey Howard – Only a few Walking Horse Trainers were soring horses. Benefield provided documentation that of the top 20 Trainers, 100% had violations for soring horses and breaking the federal law.
- Jeffrey Howard – The padded “stack” was the equivalent of a woman’s tennis show. Benefield produced a green ladies tennis shoe and asked the journalists to compare it to the “stack” and draw their own conclusions.
WALKING HORSE REPORT EDITOR JEFFREY HOWARD PRESENTING SERIAL HPA VIOLATOR CHARLIE GREEN WITH $15,000.00+ CHECK FOR WINNING WALKING HORSE TRAINERS BOYZ RIDERS CUP COMPETITION
Benefield is holding a nut, bolt and plate device used to apply pressure to the bottom of the horse’s foot in order to make it undetectably sore and allow it to do what Celebration Board member Pat Marsh refers to as “Fancy High Stepping Horses”.
Donna Benefield said, in the face of increased science to detect soring which included Thermography and Radiography and Swabbing along with digital palpations, that the Sore side had now gone to the bottom of the horses’ feet to sore them and produce the “Fancy High Stepping” gait.
She urged the USDA to pull the shoes and prosecute “pressure shoeing” cases.
Donna Benefield also said that Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has become “The Face Of Animal Abuse For The State of Tennessee.”