THETA, TN – Brother Roy Exum, whose Daddy hailed from Vaughn, Mississippi, last Saturday signed the CHANGE.ORG Petition #OLEMISSCAMPAIGN asking Ole Miss to “disassociate” the University of Mississippi Medical Center from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. The Petition further asked Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to cancel the 59 “Big Lick” classes scheduled for the March 25 – 28, 2015 event, and ban them in the future.
ROY EXUM – CHANGE.ORG PETITION COMMENT
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Last Wednesday, Batson Children’s CEO Mr. Guy Giesecke stepped up for “The Horses” and said the UMMC Batson Children’s Hospital was “disassociating” from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. It would not accept “Blood Money” donations from the Horse Show generated from the animal cruelty necessary to create the “Big Lick’.
2014 CONTRIBUTION BY MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW
Yesterday, award winning investigative journalist Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell reported:
UMMC won’t accept Charity Horse Show donations
So far, Mr Mitchell’s article has garnered 2,236 FaceBook shares and 136 comments, the overwhelming majority of which support the action of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Today, Roy Exum of Chattanooga.com weighed in with this article:
Roy Exum: Keep Your ‘Big Lick’ Money
The author of the Change.Org Petition/All American Walking Horse Alliance Spokesperson Clant M. Seay of Oxford, Mississippi said, “Mississippi, America and the World have been awakened and inspired by the University of Mississippi putting animal welfare above “Blood Money” donations generated from the exhibition of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.”
“Seay said, “Mr. Robert Taylor could not be more wrong in describing a grassroots citizens effort comprised of Americans who loved their Horses enough to stage “WALK ON WASHINGTON” and ride them in front of the United States Capitol last June as an “animal activists group”.
WALK ON WASHINGTON – JUNE 18, 2014
” If Mr. Taylor is so proud of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse and wants the world to see it so badly, perhaps he should obtain the permits and take six “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses up to Washington and ride them in front of the Capitol with those built up pads/stacks weighing 10-15 lb each with Chains on their feet and give the world an up close view of “BIG LICK BIG LIE.”
Seay praised his alma mater Ole Miss for joining the University of Tennessee in banning the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse. He quoted William Faulkner saying, “The past is prologue” in urging the elimination of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, and letting the Tennessee Walking Horse breed return to its roots, and have its rightful chance to become America’s horse. He said, “This was the breed’s destiny until a culture of soring hijacked the Tennessee Walking Horse breed starting in the mid-1950s.”
He referenced Auburn Veterinary College Dean Tom Vaughan who said,
Seay said, “The people who are addicted to the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse believe that because they donate money generated by the “pain induced” (“Big Lick”) to a wonderful institution such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, that it makes things acceptable in the eyes of society. As seen by the actions of the University of Mississippi this week, it does not.”
To those persons who are supporters of the “‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse, Seay quoted the words of his friend MTSU Professor and Veterinarian Dr. John Haffner:
DR. JOHN HAFFNER – “I want to stress that the people involved in the walking horse business are no better or worse than people in any other walk of life. We all suffer effects of a depraved nature. The people who have these horses love them and take care of them many times to the extreme in expense and “good” care. They spend small and large fortunes on their horses. They provide the best of care, and they are truly remorseful when the horse is injured or dies. They spend money they know they will never recoup when the horse gets sick or needs surgery. They just don’t see anything wrong with the way the big lick is achieved, or they don’t think their trainer really sores their horse. I think they are blind to what they are doing and until they have a personal epiphany of what lies at the bottom of the big lick, they will be unable to see it. That is what happened to me, and it appears that it happens to others in the business from time to time.”
Seay said, “Change is not easy. I grew up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights struggle. There are many parallels to this societal change to those of the 1960s.
One was about the oppression of a race, this one is about cruelty to an animal.
Segregation was a “Way Of Life” and so is the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.
Change is often painful, but it must come, and it will.”
“The people who must change now are the “Big Lick” supporters because what they do is no longer accepted by society,” Seay said, “Gathering almost 5,000 signatures in one week from every state in the Union and 51 Foreign Countries should tell them that.”
“The brave action of the University of Mississippi this week showed the rest of the United States that, once it was made aware of the problem, Ole Miss immediately decided to ‘get on the right side of history’ where this issue of animal cruelty and the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is concerned.
“I will never be more proud of the University of Mississippi than I was this week when it showed that its core values were more important than money.”
“I have also been disappointed by the actions of some people on the “Big Lick” side of the issue who have been influenced by the ‘darker angels’ of their nature. They are better people than that. To behave in such a manner only lowers the people doing it. Hopefully, in time, they will see the light, as W. W. Harlin, Jr., Clay Harlin, Dr. John Haffner, Marty Irby and I have,” said Seay.
“This cause is bigger than any one person, and it will prevail because it is right over something that is very wrong.
There are a lot of things that are going to happen in Mississippi during the next three weeks.”
“And there ain’t going to be no turning around.”