MTSU – MURFREESBORO, TN – The second MTSU Citizens Protest Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty is set for 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, in front of the MTSU Student Union.
At issue is MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee condoning the unethical mistreatment of animals evidenced by Dr. McPhee’s refusal on behalf of MTSU to publicly sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
The University of Tennessee did so in 2012, and the University of Mississippi followed suit in 2015.
The likely reason Dr. McPhee is hesitant to take this action on behalf of MTSU is due to the apparent influence of Mr.Steve Smith. Mr. Steve Smith is President of TWHBEA (TWH breed registry) which has lost almost 30% of its members during the two years Mr. Smith has been President. In 2013, the TWHBEA membership voted 63% to 37% in favor of the PAST ACT to eliminate the Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
Mr. Steve Smith made the following pledge when running for office in Fall 2013:
The exact opposite has happened with a By-Law change which left almost 40% of the United States with no TWHBEA Director:
Mr. Steve Smith wields a big stick at MTSU. He was a baseball player at MTSU in the 1970s and dropped out without graduating. He did some online work and MTSU conferred a degree in 2011. His family has made large charitable donations to the MTSU athletic program. It is not clear if any Smith contributions have been made to MTSU academics.
Through the years, MTSU has nurtured a Culture of Big Lick Animal Cruelty, i.e., “MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show” and “MTSU Pre-Vet Society Horse Show” both held on the MTSU campus, and both encouraged and facilitated by MTSU Director of Agribusiness and Agriscience Dr. Warren Gill.
The Sore World of Gen’s Ice Glimmer, America’s Tennessee Walking Horse (c), tortured at MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show whose story is told in two videos, has now reached more than 1,500,000 persons, and viewed more than 640,000 times.
Yet, MTSU President Dr. McPhee, apparently under the influence of a wealthy politically Alumnus Mr.Steve Smith who has given MTSU more than $ 6 Million Dollars, pleasing Mr. Smith is apparently more important than MTSU’s image regarding the ethical treatment of animals, i.e. Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.
MTSU Horse Science Professor John Haffner, DVM, has repeatedly said publicly that the Big Lick is Animal Cruelty.
MTSU PRESIDENT DR. SIDNEY A. MCPHEE APPLAUDING MR. STEVE SMITH
Another prominent MTSU alumnus (Not Mr. Steve Smith) has a problem with Dr. Sidney McPhee condoning the unethical treatment of animals by his not publicly severing all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty on behalf of MTSU.
Her name is Karen E. Brown, PhD (Vanderbilt University) who was a 1977 MTSU graduate, and while at MTSU was a work scholar in the Equine Science program. She worked doing everything from cleaning stalls to riding and training project horses newly donated to the program. In 1977, she rode in MTSU’s first IHSA horse show under the direction of Anne Brzezicki. Although she ultimately chose a major other than Horse Science, she followed with pride the addition of new equine facilities, new areas of concentration in Horse Science, and the success of the MTSU IHSA teams. After graduating, she attended horse shows, equine exhibitions, and riding workshops at MTSU.
While Dr. Karen E. Brown was doing these things, Mr. Steve Smith won 10 World Championships at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration riding Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses, and was inducted into the Celebration Hall of Fame in 2001.
Dr. Karen E. Brown is going to be present at MTSU Protest on Thursday, and she would like to meet Dr. Sidney A. McPhee while she is there.
MTSU PRESIDENT DR. SIDNEY A. MCPHEE
LETTER FROM DR. KAREN E. BROWN TO MTSU ALUMNI RELATIONS
Nephew Eugene says that Dr. Karen E. Brown may not have given MTSU $5 Million Dollars for a Baseball Field, but she is the one who Dr. Sidney A. McPhee needs to be applauding, not Big Lick Champion Mr. Steve Smith.