BROTHER ROY EXUM CREDITS AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE) FOR LEADING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – AAWHA AND FOSH PREPARE RESPONSES TO “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”

COLUMBIA, TN –   Brother Roy Exum today recognized and anointed the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance)  to lead the charge on behalf of the American People going forward in the battle against the Animal Cruelty represented by the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse.

An amazing 1,600 people signed this Petition in the first 24 hours, and another amazing 1,600 people signed the Petition in the second 24 hours.

Petitioning  Executive Director, Maury County Convention and Tourism Bureau  Erin Jaggers, Executive Director  and 2 others

SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE “ANIMAL CRUELTY” ‘BIG LICK’ TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24-25, 2015

There are now 3,200+ people in 48 Hours speaking out against and urging that Tennesseans boycott a weird “Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show”  which moved to the Maury County Park in  Columbia Tennessee.

Concerned citizens,  affectionately referred to as the “Cat Lady Army”,  designed and paid for a Billboard on the way to the Show Grounds.   They conceal their identities because they not want their family, animals or property harmed.

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The 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 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 a breed that has a heritage in American history.

AAWHA partners with FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses) on many matters.  FOSH has supported AAWHA from its inception with staging the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” last June 18, 2014.

In the last 45 days,  the AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance)  led by Horsewomen Jeannie McGuire and Lynn Delzingaro, along with FOSH (Friends Of Sound Horses),  has won major victories against the “Animal Cruelty” of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse “Animal Cruelty”  which is situated in four Southern states,  Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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THE LAST 45 DAYS – MISSISSIPPI – NORTH CAROLINA – ALABAMA

March 6, 2015  –  MISSISSIPPI  – The UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) Children’s Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi. It refused to accept blood money donations from the Big Lick horse show due to the national controversy regarding the care and training of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28565842/controversy-surrounds-ms-charity-horse-show-big-lick
March 13, 2015  –  NORTH CAROLINA  – The North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair.

http://www.billygoboy.com/2015/03/10/north-carolina-bans-big-lick-from-2015-n-c-state-fair-north-carolina-department-of-agriculture-joins-university-of-mississippi-medical-center-severing-ties-with-big-lick-tennessee-walking-h/

APRIL 2, 2015  –  ALABAMA  – Over  70%  voted landslide  “NO”  in The Decatur Daily newspaper online Poll Question: “Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Previous Horse Soring Violations?

http://www.decaturdaily.com/should-celebration-arena-have-hosted-the-tennessee-walking-horse-trainers/poll_e18be182-da45-11e4-a954-abd011f62025.html

AND NOW COLUMBIA, MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

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Here is Brother Roy Exum’s Column:

Roy Exum: Public Joins ‘Big Lick’ Fight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – by Roy Exum

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It is over 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to Columbia, Tn., so if you are wondering why the “Gulf Coast Charity Celebration” horse show will be held in the Tennessee town April 24-25, it is because the home of the Tennessee Walking Horse is about the last state in the union that will put up with the hideous soring that accompanies the despicable “Big Lick” segment of the walking-horse industry.
“The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration,” which has attracted the most repugnant trainers in the past, had been held in Panama City, Fla., but, because of mounting public disdain and the resulting non-attendance, the Panama City show went belly up. Let’s face it: the “Big Lick” has been exposed as flat-out animal abuse.They call the training method “soring,” where the forelegs of a horse are cooked in caustic solutions so the resulting pain will make the animal lift his legs higher.
Some trainers hide nails, screws and other objects in the clumsy pads that are affixed to the horse’s front hooves and by using tight bands and other action devices, scurrilous trainers increase the agony, making the animal dance a grotesque and unnatural gait known as the “Big Lick.” Add an overweight rider hunched over the horse’s front legs (to increase pain,) severe bitting, and built-up pads and presto you have what is politely called “a freak.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Humane Society of the United States have been instrumental in exposing the “Big Lick but now they have a new partner to counter the menace the public and millions are incensed. Not only are people turning their backs on horse shows that allow the dirty Big Lick crowd, shows are beginning to tell the Shelbyville-based cheaters to stay home.
Last month the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned “Big Lick Walkers from the 2015 NC State Fair but the bigger news came out of Mississippi where the state’s largest children’s hospital notified officials of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show they would not accept any more “blood money from the scandalous crowd. Last year the show presented $45,000 to the hospital but the hospital cited the “national controversy of the “Big Lick style” and elected to remove the hospital from the perceived impropriety.
The decision was made after over 3,500 people from every state in the Union and 58 different foreign countries petitioned the University of Mississippi medical leaders to disassociate themselves and Batson Children’s Hospital from the ‘Big Lick.’
Dr. Chester Gipson, the deputy administrator over the Animal Care program, was at the Mississippi show and had to see blatant abuse, as evidenced by an alarming video taken by Clant Seay that night. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Dr. Gipson just sat there!”
Jeannie McGuire, the president of the All American Walking Horse Alliance that promotes the sound horses, was sickened by the video. “There is no doubt in my mind these horse are in terrible pain. Look at the tendons in the legs. It is unforgiveable what was done by somebody to these horses. We have asked the USDA for a Horse Protection Activity Report but so far there has been no response.”
In Alabama there is more disgust. A recent poll in the Decatur Daily newspaper revealed over 70 percent of its readers are against Decatur hosting the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show and now there is a fiery petition on the Change.org website asking people to speak out and boycott the “Gulf Coast Charity Celebration” in Columbia, Tenn.
Almost 1,700 signed the petition within the first 24 hours after it was posted and by noon yesterday the count was over 2,300 on documents that will be delivered to Charlie Norman, the mayor of Maury County, and Tom Massey, the city manager of Columbia.
“As the curtain has been pulled back to the truth of the ‘Big Lick,’ the public has become disillusioned and incited to demand reform. Former corporate sponsors and venues are distancing themselves from the (Big Lick) industry,” said Keith Dane, the vice president of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States.
“We think the (Batson Children’s Hospital) made the right decision in disassociating from the show,” he told reporters. “The event may bill itself as a ‘grand celebration’ of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed but, in reality, it’s a showcase for those who would abuse animals for personal gain and glory.
Dane claims the horse shows are using charities “as an attempt to justify cruelty to horses in the name of entertainment. Our belief is that individuals and companies need not funnel their money through an enterprise that rewards cruelty in order to raise funds for a worthy cause. Instead, give money directly to the charity of your choice.”
The Humane Society spokesman said “soring continues unabated in the ‘Big Lick’ segment of the horse industry. “It was outlawed in 1970 but it is rampant,” Dane says, “because enforcement is lacking and the punishment is a type-written letter and a brief suspension.
Soring has been a felony in Tennessee for two years but, to date, not one arrest has been made in violation of the new state law. “I would have no problem arresting someone suspected of animal abuse,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond in Chattanooga. “It is my duty to uphold the laws of this state and if someone is abusing horses, we want to know about it.”
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At press time,  Brother Roy Exum was not aware that the USDA provided the requested  “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS” for the Mississippi Charity Horse Show (Mar. 26-28) and 47th Annual National Trainers Show (Apr. 2-4) on Friday,  April 10, 2015.
AAWHA and FOSH  (Friends of Sound Horses) leaders are deeply troubled by the “REPORTS”.   They confirm that USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson unilaterally departed from 2014 “Scar Rule” enforcement protocols, and that Dr. Chester Gipson purposefully deceived persons at a DQP Training Clinic held in Harrodsburg, Kentucky,  on March 14, 2015, with his assurances that 2015 Horse Inspections would be the same as 2014.
 DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM - BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

DR. CHESTER GIPSON, DVM – BLOWS HOT AND COLD ON ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT

Then on March 28, 2015,   Dr. Chester Gipson allowed the following UNACCEPTABLE Animal Cruelty to enter the Show Ring in Jackson, Mississippi:

AAWHA and FOSH are preparing responses to these “REPORTS” which will be presented to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with hopes that matters can be reasonably and expeditiously resolved.

Brother Roy also didn’t mention that on March 27, 2015,  the House Ethics Committee launched a full scale investigation into Humane Society of the United States officials,  including Mr. Keith Dane,  over allegations of  improper  lobbying of  U. S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and the use of his office for their purposes.     Mr. Dane was named in a number of communications which are part of the public Report assembled by the Office of Congressional Ethics preliminary inquiry.    Reliable sources on the Hill report that the full blown Ethics Investigation is more directed toward Mr. Dane’s employer,  HSUS,   and Congressman Ed Whitfield is just the vehicle through which it is being done.  Congressman Whitfield’s wife said the “HSUS is anathema to Republicans”.   Until the Ethics Investigation is resolved, the Humane Society of the United States is under a cloud which limits its effectiveness, especially regarding the Tennessee Walking Horse abuse issue.

AAWHA Spokesperson Clant M. Seay said,  “We appreciate the past contributions made by the Humane Society,  especially the Jackie McConnell undercover video expose, but going forward, we speak for the American People.   We feel that the protection of “The Horses” from the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is a matter in which the American People need to and will lead the way.  AAWHA represents “The Horses”, and frankly,  it can be much more effective in many venues than Animal Welfare organizations because our members elect the officials who influence those who decide policy.  And importantly,   AAWHA is not burdened by other conflicting interests and priorities which sometimes result in making the the protection of “The Horses” a secondary priority.  The AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) has not and will not have any ties to the Humane Society of the United States.”

The viral video from the Mississippi Charity Horse Show has now reached over 125,000 people and been viewed by over 35,000 people.  It graphically shows the Animal Cruelty that USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator  Dr. Chester Gipson allowed to enter the Show Ring in Jackson, Mississippi, after 7,000+ people joined AAWHA official Lynn Delzingaro in asking the USDA APHIS to provide “accountability and transparency“.

Petitioning  Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture  Tom Vilsack  and 2 others

STOP THE USDA “SCAR RULE” CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES – PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 – 28, 2015

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 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 USDA MUST enforce the Horse Protection Act to eliminate “SORING”,  not encourage and facilitate it like Dr. Chester Gipson obviously did in Jackson, Mississippi, and Decatur,  Alabama, as documented by the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”,  after Dr. Gipson pledged to those present on March 14, 2015, to enforce the Horse Protection act in 2015 in the same way it was enforced in 2014,   evidenced by the “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT” for the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Nephew Eugene says the “American People” have gotten behind the                 AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses),   and the folks at USDA need to listen to what they have to say.
They are not going to allow Dr. Chester Gipson or others to legitimize Animal Cruelty by kowtowing to the “SORE BIG LICK” pressure to be allowed to show “Sore” Horses.
 BGBRADARHEADSHOT

3 thoughts on “BROTHER ROY EXUM CREDITS AAWHA (ALL AMERICAN WALKING HORSE ALLIANCE) FOR LEADING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE – AAWHA AND FOSH PREPARE RESPONSES TO “USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORTS”

  1. Further abuse is the cut tail. Imagine trying to sleep in a tail set, unable to fight flies.

  2. I am so happy to see that my long term efforts to stop the abusive training of Big Lick walking horses is finally gaining a little ground. My book written in 1987, Big Lick Walking Horses, did enlighten some owners to remove their horses from unscrupulous trainers; but there were not enough of us humane advocates to stop it then. Congratulations to all of you who have spread the word of this hidious torture to the uninformed public.

  3. Gipson the vet must be getting a kick back from the walking horse industry. There are already laws against the mistreatment of these gorgeous horses but as long as the industry polices itself the cruelty will go on

    How can owners, trainers, and audiences be so uncaring when they can see the suffering of the horse

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