COLUMBIA, TN – Here is a Letter To The Editor of The Daily Herald newspaper from a Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee horse lover Laurie M. She bravely takes a stand to end the Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse at the Columbia Spring Jubilee, and other Middle Tennessee horse shows located within the “Circle Of Soring”.
COLUMBIA, TENNESSE HORSE LOVER LAURIE M.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE DAILY HERALD NEWSPAPER
Mr. James Bennett
Editor -The Daily Herald
1115 South Main Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Dear Editor Bennett:
Columbia residents join the All American Walking Horse Alliance in opposing the
Animal Cruelty of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Horse at Maury County Park this weekend.
We do NOT want any form of animal cruelty like the “Big Lick” coming to our town. We oppose SORING of horses and feel strongly that this “Tennessee Tradition”, no matter how long-standing, is WRONG. We believe that the majestic animal on whose back this nation was literally built upon deserves better.
In the medieval ages, drawing and quartering a person on the town square was acceptable for a hundred years until people woke up and realized just how barbaric it really was. The cruelty that is rampant among the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration and it’s sister shows in Tennessee is barbaric, inhumane and above all, CRUEL.
Over 8,000 people from every state and more than 71 foreign countries signed a Petition by Laura Ousley of Knoxville urging a “BOYCOTT” of the Columbia Spring Jubilee. One signer commented: “My husband & I own property in Maury County. We are also horse owners. It shames us to think that Columbia would in any way be associated with this appalling animal abuse. The Big Lick is vicious & cruel almost beyond belief. There is money, lots of money, at stake in this industry. That prancing walk you see is pain – pure torture with every step, caused by mustard oil, nails, chains…whatever an unscrupulous trainer thinks will work. The Big Lick is a freak show-some of its fans even call it that. We want no part of this filth.
It is time to speak out for horses! We want no part of this cruel racket and the torture it inflicts on horses. It is a barbaric “Tennessee Tradition” that MUST stop!
All citizens need to “BOYCOTT” these “Big Lick” horse shows.
Meanwhile on Thursday night, the Columbia Spring Jubilee was sparsely attended by the public.
As was the Fun Show last Saturday night in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Inexplicably, after Thursday and Friday, USDA APHIS Administrator Dr. Chester Gipson pulled the USDA inspectors from the Fun Show, and they were not present on Saturday Night to protect “The Horses”.
Celebration CEO Mr. Mike Inman commented on the Saturday night performance.
“It was a huge crowd; it got loud,” Inman said. Attendance was about 2,000 Saturday night, he said.”
For the record, Calsonic Arena seats 4,469 persons.
There “may” have been 350 people attending the horse show.
The Shelbyville, Bedford County community was having no part of it.
Nephew Eugene says Americans are going to stand up for “The Horses” in Columbia, Tennessee today.