AAWHA URGED BOYCOTT OF N.C. STATE FAIR COVERED BY WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH; SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY PETITION NOW APPROACHES 10,000 SIGNATURES

RALEIGH, NC – Sound Horse Advocate Michelle Disney took the fight to the sore Big Lick at the N.C. State fair by handing out literature to fair patrons and urging them to boycott the Big Lick (Performance) Classes.  The All American Walking Horse Alliance supported Disney’s Petition and called for a boycott of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the N.C. State Fair.

Ms Disney’s Petition – “CANCEL TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE PERFORMANCE CLASSES AT THE N.C. STATE FAIR” – has now reached almost  10,000 signatures.  The present count is  9,873 supporters.

RALEIGH SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE SPEAKS WITH REPORTER FOR WRAL TV - CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH, NC

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE SPEAKS WITH REPORTER FOR WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 IN RALEIGH, NC

WRAL TV – CHANNEL FIVE REPORTER CANDACE SWEAT

WRAL TV - CHANNEL 5 REPORTER AT N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 REPORTER AT N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES SHOW BOYCOTT

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES FAIR PATRON TO BOYCOTT BIG LICK CLASSES AT N.C; STATE FAIR

SOUND HORSE ADVOCATE MICHELLE DISNEY URGES FAIR PATRON TO BOYCOTT BIG LICK CLASSES AT N.C; STATE FAIR

On the ground sources report that the USDA showed up at the N.C. State Fair and utilized  objective science based technology including Iris Scans and Thermography  to inspect the horses.  According to the source,  many Big Lick horse trainers did not attempt to show,  and a number of them left the Fairgrounds.

WRAL TV – CHANNEL 5 COVERAGE

http://www.wral.com/groups-protest-soaring-at-nc-state-fair/14093707/

 FAIR SPOKESPERSON DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

N.C.STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON BRIAN LONG

N.C.STATE FAIR SPOKESPERSON BRIAN LONG

WRAL.COM AT THE STATE FAIR
NCSTATEFAIRTVWRAL

Groups protest soring at NC State Fair

Posted 10:35 p.m. yesterday
Updated 11:20 p.m. yesterday

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Protestors want to eliminate soring from NC State Fair

 “” One of the most popular events at the NC State Fair came under scrutiny Saturday after one group expressed concerns for the welfare of the animals in the Tennessee Walking Horse Show.

Michelle Disney is part of a group that believes a form of painful abuse called soring is happening among the Tennessee walking horses.

“We are trying to cancel a cruel horse show that is going on and we are asking people to send an email and make a phone call to the fair manager,” she said.

Soring, a form of abuse that damages a horse’s hoof and causes the animal to walk in a more exaggerated way, is a serious allegation, but one Disney believes to be true.

“They will put heavy stacks on the horse’s foot and these sacks often hide sharp metal objects,” she said.

The Horse Protection Act was passed in the 1970’s to prevent soaring and other forms of abuse.

Brian Long, spokesperson for the state fair, said he is unaware of the law and that procedures are in place for the animal’s protection.

“The horses are inspected before the show and if evidence of soaring is found, then those horses are not allowed to compete,” he said.

Long said two horses were already disqualified this year and officials do not hesitate to disqualify horses if necessary.

“We are confident that we will catch any issues that may show up here at the show,” Long said.

According to Long, USDA inspectors attend the show unannounced as an unbiased third party.

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When a State Fair doesn’t know what the Horse Protection Act is,  and it hires an inspection program presently being decertified by the USDA for violating the Horse Protection Act, and the show Judge has an HPA violation citation,   it’s high time for the State of North Carolina to stop shilling for the animal cruelty represented by the sore Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.  

The N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler should follow the lead of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon and  not  allow them to come back in 2015.

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