Theta, TN – The impetus to Pass The PAST ACT has come from an energized grassroots effort by All American citizens from coast to coast. The AVMA, HSUS and American Horse Council are all along for the ride.
The people are driving the train.
The only thing the sore Big Lick has to try and stop the PAST ACT is to yap about the Bogeyman HSUS. Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has been doing this now for the past two years in an effort to cover up his utter failure in managing the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
CELEBRATION HEADING TO A FOUR DAY HORSE SHOW
The American People and NOBODY ELSE have brought the PAST ACT to the brink of becoming law. Making it into law will free thousands of horses from the institutionalized soring of the Big Lick perpetuated in the name of family entertainment.
The PAST ACT is no part of a HSUS bill.
It’s an All American People Bill to end this:
Granted that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard was stupid enough in 2012 to put HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle’s picture on a garbage can:
And understand that Wayne Pacelle is an interesting dude, but Mr. Pacelle doesn’t have the swag to get Tennesseans to empty the stands at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. He also doesn’t have the stroke to get Americans to go grassroots in front of the U. S Capitol to propel the PAST ACT to victory.
Mr. Howard simply can’t get it through his head, “It’s The Soring, Stupid”.
Case in point, the HSUS sucks up to the USDA most of the time due to all the issues it deals with besides horse soring. HSUS was timid in playing hard ball and demanding the USDA provide the statistics necessary to expose the sore Big Lick.
The All American Walking Horse Alliance was not timid.
It aggressively spearheaded a call which led to the USDA doing its job.
The American People bombarded the USDA in August demanding that it enforce the Horse Protection Act and stop participating in a cover up of the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses leading to false claims of 95% HPA Compliance rate.
By the support of the American people, 59 Congressmen wrote the USDA Secretary of Agriculture demanding that the USDA to provide the 2014 Celebration “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT”, and the 2012 and 2013 Reports.
Due to this public pressure, the USDA provided the data which previously had not been made available.
The USDA Reports completely destroyed Mr. Howard’s lies of a 95%+ HPA compliance rate:
2014 CELEBRATION – USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT
2014 CELEBRATION “VAC” CREDIBILITY DESTROYED
A representative from the All American Walking Horse Alliance destroyed the credibility of the Celebration’s vaunted “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee by exposing that Budweiser Clydesdale vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was no part of “VAC” while Mr. Howard was lying saying he was.
The following graphic was prepared by AAWHA organizer Jeannie McGuire.
The “BIG LICK BIG LIE” capturing the essence of the sore Big Lick was drawn by AAWHA member Gena Welch Booher, another American against soring.
Citizens raised the money to put up billboards against soring in Shelbyville, Tennessee during the 2014 Celebration.
The Big Lick animal cruelty in the name of family entertainment is what America has rebelled against.
The citizens reaching out to their representatives has resulted in diverse persons such as Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Michele Bachmann (R-WI) and Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
HISTORIC “WALK ON WASHINGTON” TAKES PAST ACT TO ANOTHER LEVEL
The “WALK ON WASHINGTON” was planned, staged and carried out in a grassroots effort by American citizens. Organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, HSUS and American Horse Council showed up in support of the event. HSUS was specifically excluded from having any role in the planning of the event. It was going to provide “Dutch” at the event, but HSUS backed out on that at the last minute.
The American people, and nobody else, pulled off “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.
And it took the PAST ACT effort to an entirely different level.
The momentum and media attention generated by the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” led to the disintegration of the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
And absolutely NONE of it had anything to do with HSUS.
It has taken determined Americans like these:
CITIZENS VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA – N.C. STATE FAIR
Following the Celebration, a lone North Carolinian Michelle Disney called for Cancellation of Big Lick classes at the N.C. State Fair, and over 19,000 people signed her Petition.
An AAWHA representative received assurances from the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner that the issue of Big Lick horses would be reviewed prior to the 2015 N.C. State Fair. And there were few Big Lick horses appearing in the 20 classes at the N.C. State Fair.
The HSUS had no part of the N.C. State Fair protest which took down the sore Big Lick.
The HSUS supports a lot of animal welfare legislation. Its support of the PAST ACT is welcome, yet it is important to note that none of the other legislation HSUS supports, i.e. Horse Slaughter, has anywhere near the support that the PAST ACT does.
The reason the PAST ACT is poised for victory is the support provided by the American People. It is amusing that the sore Big Lick supporters would be so gullible to believe the “High Popalorem” that Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has been providing to the Lickers blaming an animal welfare outfit like HSUS for all its ills and public disapproval.
And the American People, if their representatives are given a Vote, will pass the PAST ACT to end the sore Big Lick.
To not allow the PAST ACT a vote will prove that the system is totally broken and controlled by people who can buy politicians.
And that is not what America is supposed to be.