COLUMBIA, TN – AAWHA issued the following Press Release:
An AAWHA video made on March 28, 2015 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi has gone viral. Since being posted at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 on Facebook, it has been viewed over 40,000 times and reached over 144,000 persons.
Also, the All American Walking Horse Alliance today delivered to media outlets a Change.Org Petition containing over 3,400+ signatures and approximately 1,400 comments,
Over 3,400 people from every state in the union and over 57 foreign countries have signed the Petition with 1,377 (36%) providing comments.
AAWHA official Jeannie McGuire said, “We will pursue this Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse wherever it is located. The people of America and the World want this Animal Cruelty to end. Our AAWHA members paid for a Billboard in Columbia, Tennessee calling for #BANTHEBIGLICK.”
AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said a Facebook Video of Big LICK Tennessee Walking Horses taken on March 28, 2015 at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show “graphically depicts the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick. USDA Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson is responsible for allowing this Animal Cruelty to be on public display because he is not enforcing the Horse Protection Act in 2015 as he said it would be enforced in the DQP training session in Harrodsburg, Kentucky on March 14, 2015.”
Here is a Slow Motion You Tube of the Facebook video:
Seay said, “In this close up slow motion video you can clearly see all of the Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse.
The horse is stumbling and laboring.
It is “rocking back” as each front foot hits the ground risking a blown tendon with each step.
It attempts to flip the Chain off its front foot which is a conditioned response to the pain and memory of having its pastern sored with chemicals. And it possible that a deadening or masking agent was used to allow it to pass inspection, and now it has worn off.
It is severely bitted with tremendous leverage exerted with the chain under the jaw and long shanks attached to the bit in the horse’s mouth.
The horse appears to be carrying extra lead tacked to the bottom of the Padded Stacked Shoes.
The rider is hunched over and spurring the horse while yanking on his mouth trying to get him “in gear”.
“This Animal Cruelty is an abomination, and it must end in 2015.”
The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) is an independent grassroots citizens group made up of people who own and love Horses from all over America. It is a voice for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed that deserves to be reclaimed from the dysfunction of unethical management of the breed and abusive treatment in the show world. Alliance members are committed to restoring the reputation of the Tennessee Walking Horse which has a heritage in American history.
The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) has not and will not have any ties to the Humane Society of the United States.#############