BROTHER ROY EXUM: “KEEP YOUR BIG LICK MONEY” – CHANGE.ORG PETITIONER: “THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) SHOWED ITS CORE VALUES WERE MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY”

THETA, TNBrother 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.

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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’.

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Yesterday,  award winning investigative journalist Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell reported:

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/03/05/ummc-accept-charity-horse-show-donations/24466347/

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.

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Today,  Roy Exum of Chattanooga.com weighed in with this article:

 http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/3/7/295477/Roy-Exum-Keep-Your-Big-Lick-Money.aspx

Roy Exum: Keep Your ‘Big Lick’ Money

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ROY EXUM, COLUMNIST – CHATTANOOGAN.COM –TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITERS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – by Roy Exum
“The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in the state capital of Jackson, is a huge complex with over 9,000 employees and a budget of $1.6 billion (with a “b”). Among its greatest treasures is the Batson Hospital for Children and the Eli Manning Treatment Center. That is where a $150 million expansion has just been announced. So why do you reckon the hospital administration just requested that the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which has given Batson Children’s over $250,000 in recent years, please not donate any more money?
The reason is that by the time you read this there will be over 5,000 signatures from horse lovers from over 50 different countries on an online petition (Change.org) asking Robert Taylor, the president of the horse show, to cancel the “Big Lick” classes at this year’s event in late March. You see, it is because of the abusive “Big Lick” and its repugnant reputation that those at Children’s Hospital want no part of the “dirty money” associated with it.

In a terse news release, Taylor wrote, “Unfortunately an animal activist group has harassed our past children’s charity to the extent they will not accept our donation this year,” which is untrue. No, what the man should have said would fit better had he admitted it: “Because there is irrefutable proof that torture and animal abuse continues unabated in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, the Jackson Horse Show has decided to foster and encourage this contemptuous practice rather than continue to help the children of Mississippi.”

The “Big Lick,” a grotesque dance that occurs when a scurrilous trainer and/or owner “sores” a show horse, is headquartered in Shelbyville. Numerous “Big Lick” trainers apply caustic substances and/or painful irritants that cause a horse to lift its painful forelegs in an unnatural reaction. Horse abuse in Tennessee is now a felony, yet soring continues at an all-time pace.

It was in Shelbyville last August where a staggering 52 percent of horses randomly selected for testing at the National Celebration were found to be positive for illegal foreign substances by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors. Unbelievably, there were twice as many violations than were found the year before and ““ get this — some other trainers refused to show in fear of getting caught.

One who was found in violation was Billy Young, who more recently was elected as president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer’s Association. (Young also violated the HPA in 2013). As Wayne Pacelle, the head of the Humane Society of the United States, would later write, “It was a celebration alright” of cheaters, scofflaws and horse abusers.

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(Left to Right) “I’M AK-47, KELLY SHERMAN, BILLY YOUNG, BEVERLY SHERMAN

At the same time last fall, an urgent attempt to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act had 308 members of the House and 60 Senators signed on as co-sponsors, but some crafty ‘slicks’ in Washington, some thought to be from Tennessee, made sure the legislation was stalled and it never came to a vote. Senator Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin) offered alternative bills, this after both have accepted campaign donations from Big Lick supporters. (Alexander’s state finance chairman is known “Big Licker” Steven B. Smith, who has been cited for USDA violations in the past.)

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So while it appears the state’s senators and members of Congress have turned a blind eye as the Big Lickers seem intent on “business as usual,” the Big Lick portion of the Walking Horse industry is slowly dying. Other horse shows are considering eliminating all “Big Lick” horses, instead limiting classes to only flat-shod Walkers, and public perception of the Shelbyville “performance horse” is at an all-time low.

Teresa Bippen, the president of a noted anti-soring group, “Friends of Sound Horses,” praised the medical center’s stand against horse abuse.We realize this was a difficult decision for the University in light of the stated charitable purpose of the show proceeds; however, FOSH feels that University officials realized there was no win for them staying involved with a ‘Big Lick’ horse show.   FOSH is proud of the swift and thorough decision making process undertaken by the University.”

Bippen said she felt soring is a major animal abuse issue. “It has been illegal for over 45 years under the federal Horse Protection Act, yet the practice is still widespread in some show rings.   With a strong voice from compassionate horse lovers gaining momentum, international outrage over the barbaric practice continues to grow, and we know America is already fed up.”

All-America Walking Horse Alliance spokesperson Jeannie McGuire was also pleased by the Medical Center’s decision. “We applaud the University of Mississippi Medical Center for no longer linking its exceptional image as a place of healing with that of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, which showcases the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse.”

Taylor said he still believes his horse show will be a success. “We have been contacted by two other well-deserving children’s charities that said they would be honored to be associated with the horse show,” his release read.

Of course, neither of the “well deserving” children’s charities were identified by Taylor, but dirty money is hard to wash off hands that take it.   The University of Mississippi Medical Center knows better, and besides that, is well known that germs come with trash.”

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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.”

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“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”.

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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.”

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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,

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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:

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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.”  

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“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.”

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