WASHINGTON, DC – A nationwide rally and exhibition of natural sound World Champion Tennessee Walking Horses will take place in front of the Nation’s Capitol to support and urge the passage of the PAST ACT.
The event is set for 1:30 P. M. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 3rd and Independence Street in front of the United States Capitol near the Reflecting Pool.
The event, sponsored by the All American Walking Horse Alliance, will feature speakers:
- Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH),
- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA),
- Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY),
- Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN),
- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL),
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
There will be exhibitions of six, possibly more, World Champion Flat Shod Natural Tennessee Walking Horses.
Group spokesperson Jeannie McGuire of Virginia said, “”We hope to bring public attention and legislative action to this bipartisan legislation. Endorsements have been received by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the United States Horse Federation and the American Horse Council.” Other animal welfare organizations including the ASPCA and the Humane Society support the bill.
McGuire said, “”We already have members from 45 states who want to make it clear to the nation’s lawmakers that soring horses has to stop,” said the Virginia trainer. “We feel that once the All-American Walking Horse Alliance goes public, there will be thousands of sound-horse people who will join us in our effort to stand for the horse,” she said. “We want our representatives in Washington who have not endorsed the PAST Act to recognize we are serious and our actions are in earnest.”
The members of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry voted landslide 63%
“YES” for passage of the PAST ACT.
Now 278 members, 64%, of the U. S. House co-sponsor the PAST ACT.
Now 54 U. S. Senators are co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
The support is one of the most bipartisan efforts seen on Capitol Hill in years.
Nephew Eugene and Radar are seriously thinking about making the trip from Theta to Washington for the June 18 rally.