MURFREESBORO, TN – Knoxville equestrienne Esther Bell was interviewed by Mike Osborne of radio station WMOT this week regarding the grassroots “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally to be held in front of the U. S. Capitol on June 18th urging passage of the PAST ACT.
ESTHER BELL INTERVIEW ON MIDDLE TENNESSEE PUBLIC RADIO STN WMOT
ESTHER BELL STORY:
Esther Bell’s family has lived in Tennessee for generations. She owns five horses, all rescues. Her Tennessee Walking horse – Caleb – a big lick horse which was not considered good enough for Big Lick competition came from a slaughter auction. “My husband and I went up and bought him before he got loaded on to the truck”
Mrs. Bell said that people from all over the country are flying into Washington, DC for the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” the purpose of which is to draw national attention and to push the PAST ACT on through to a vote and make sure it passes in this term.
She said that Tennessee is being hurt economically due to the Big Lick horse and that the breed and the Celebration will be just fine once the PAST ACT passes.
WMOT.ORG STORY – ANTI HORSE SORING ADVOCATES PLAN “WOW”
Anti Horse-Soring Advocates Plan “Walk on Washington”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — Animal Rights groups promoting tougher federal Tennessee Walking Horse anti-soring regulations are planning a rally later this month in Washington.
The Walk on Washington planned for June 18 in the nation’s capital is intended to pressure lawmakers to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics or PAST Act. Horses scarred by soring techniques will be on hand so that legislators can see the damage that horse soring does.
Knoxville attorney Esther Bell owns and rides a Walking Horse. She’ll be in D.C. for the Walk. She says the Act has already garnered considerable support.
“At this moment we have 286 House of Representative members who support the PAST Act. We have 54 senators who support the PAST Act. So this event is to draw national attention and to push the PAST Act on through to a vote and make sure that it gets passed in this term.”
Most of Tennessee’s legislative delegation is opposed to the PAST Act, including mid-state Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“The economic impact of the Walking Horse industry is $1.5 billion. The Celebration Show in Shellbyville, Tennessee, brings in over $40 million to that community. This legislation emposes excessive regulatory burden on the Walking Horse industry, and could potentially eliminate the entire industry and thus the entire breed.”
Blackburn contends further regulation is uncalled for because she says federal reports show very little horse soring is taking place.
FOR THE PAST ACT
Hi Mike, you mischaracterize the American citizens who are going to assemble in front of the U. S. Capitol as “Animal Rights” groups. They are individuals who have obtained permits to demonstrate on behalf of the enactment of the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) into law. It is strictly a GRASSROOTS organization funded by contributions from individuals. These citizens are backed by organizations supporting the PAST ACT which include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, The American Horse Council and the United States Equestrian Foundation. The PAST ACT transcends politics. You have persons such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sponsoring the Bill. You have Rep. Michele Bachman (R-WI) and Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sponsoring the Bill.
AGAINST THE PAST ACT
The one major problem with the numbers being quoted in favor
of the PAST act is they really don’t know the true facts about what that bill
would do to the Walking Horse Show Industry. An industry that raises thousands
of dollars for charities across the United States not just in Tennessee and
certainly not Shelbyville where the Celebration alone supports 14 different
charities that raise their funds for the entire year during the Celebration.
The lies and miss information that is spread by the h$u$ and other humane groups
has caused major financial loses to every charity that has depended on this
horse for funds.
The h$u$ has already pleaded guilty to Rico Charges filed
against them for paying a witness to lie in court and now they are using the
same tactics to try to destroy the Walking Horse Show horse breed. If all other
breeds that show or perform in any way were included in the breeds being
attacked by the PAST act all of them would be fighting the passage of such a
Our Congressmen and ladies need to look at the
group that wrote the bill and check the shady background of the people leading
the charge to pass this bill. They won’t have to dig very deep to see just how
awful this bill is not to mention how unethical the groups are who want it
NOTE: Esther Bell is a remarkable woman:
“Mrs. Bell received three concurrent Bachelor degrees with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Botany, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature. She completed her Master of Music with honors and was a professional pianist and piano instructor for ten years before returning to the University of Tennessee College of Law and receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, in 2001.”
Esther Bell is way too smart for Nephew Eugene.