NASHVILLE, TN – Tennesseans stepped forward last week to support the PAST ACT.
Now there is a hard-hitting television commercial playing in Tennessee urging Tennesseans to call Congress at 202-224-3121, and reject the “SHAM LAW” proposed by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Marsha Blackburn, and to pass the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains and to stop soring.
There is public disbelief and outrage across the Volunteer State for U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) taking the sore Big Lick side and introducing a BILL TO ENABLE SORING.
There is also silent, but strong, appreciation for U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) for not going along with Alexander’s folly. The apparent difference in the two Senators is Bob Corker is his own man and Lamar Alexander is doing the bidding of his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who once predicted that if Lamar Alexander became President of the United States, that Steve Smith, who has a Horse Protection Act violation citation on his resume, would be Alexander’s “Secretary of Agriculture”. “The Horses” cringe at that possibility.
Chattanooga columnist Roy Exum describes the Tennessee’s distinguished Senior Senator Lamar Alexander as coming “across as a liar, an unlearned rube and an evil accomplice in his stealthy presentation that he alleges “will end soring in Tennessee.”
The Tennessean and Chattanooga Times Free Press newspapers have editorially endorsed the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains. The Times Free Press called Senator Alexander “at best as naive or attempting to slow support for a new day for the Tennessee Walking Horse,” and urged a boycott of sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse shows such as the Celebration.
Disappointingly, Alexander did the bidding of his Campaign Finance Chairman Steve Smith who is the sore Big Lick President of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry whose members by 63% landslide vote favor passage of the PAST ACT. Smith was noticed for violating the Horse Protection Act along with many of his fellow TWHBEA Executive Committee members, and for 25 years has rented a barn to serial Horse Protection Violator David Landrum of Franklin, Tennessee.
Tennesseans stepped forward last week to support the PAST ACT.
First, there was the appearance of Gallatin, Tennessee resident Donna Benefield accompanied by the former U. S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD) before the Editorial Board of The Tennessean newspaper.
Then at the Sound Horse Conference the next day in Brentwood, Tennessee, Dr. John Haffner, DVM of Murfreesboro, Clay Harlin of Brentwood and Cat Dye of Winchester all spoke out for the PAST ACT.
The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAEP (American Equine Practitioners), and the American Horse Council have all criticized the Blackburn/Alexander alternatives, and favor the PAST ACT. Joining with these groups and the Tennesseans who have spoken out for the PAST ACT is The Humane Society Of The United States which obtained the under cover video of Jackie McConnell’s horse abuse and is now underwriting the television ad airing in Tennessee. At the 2012 Celebration, Walking Horse Report owner David L. Howard approved Celebration CEO putting the pictures of the Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle and Equine Protection Director Keith Dane on garbage cans in inspection areas.
That was a big mistake.
Radar says Lamar Alexander has done split his britches for sore Big Lick Steve Smith.