MTSU – MURFREESBORO, TN – Gen’s Ice Glimmer, TWHBEA Reg. #20404770/Bloodtype #TWT050457, was tortured at the 2013 “MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show” so students could attend and obtain an education at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University).
This shocking news was revealed for the first time in an October 14, 2015 letter from MTSU Foundation Executive Director Mr. Joe Bales to MTSU alumnus Dr. Karen E. Brown who asked MTSU to stop condoning the unethical and inhumane treatment of animals. Dr. Brown called upon MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee to sever all ties with the Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
Mr. Bales said, “The facility (Tennessee Livestock Center on the MTSU campus) was reserved by a student group – the Pre-Vet Society – for the purpose of conducting a horse show to generate funds for a student scholarship.”
National and international outrage has erupted on social media in the past three weeks surrounding Big Lick Animal Cruelty condoned and encouraged at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University). Two Facebook videos, “The Sore World of Gen’s Ice Glimmer (c) Tortured at MTSU” (Parts I & II), have reached over Two Million (2,000,000) persons and viewed by almost Eight Hundred Thousand (800,000) persons around the world.
MTSU OFFICIAL STATEMENT CONCEALED THAT MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY PROFITED FROM BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY FEATURED AT THE 2013 MTSU WALKING FOR EDUCATION HORSE SHOW SPONSORED BY THE Pre-Veterinary Society of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU Pre-Vet).
The MTSU Official Statement by MTSU Spokesperson Mr. Andrew Oppmann provided to the MTSU Sidelines newspaper on August 26, 2015, http://mtsusidelines.com/2015/08/university-petitioned-by-horse-rights-activists-for-mtsu-walking-for-education/ and to the Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) on September 30, 2015, http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2015/09/30/animal-cruelty-protest-planned-mtsu/73060134/ , said in part: The MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show was “staged by an outside group”, and the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show “did not benefit the university.”
MTSU Official Statement (In Part): “The 2013 event in question was not organized or sanctioned by Middle Tennessee State University and it did not benefit the university. We asked the outside group who staged the event to remove any reference to the university in their materials.”
The truth is the event was organized and sponsored by an official MTSU student organization, Pre-Veterinary Society of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU Pre-Vet). The parent of this student organization is MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) which is responsible for what its official student groups do.
In the Official Statement, MTSU Spokesperson Mr. Andrew Oppmann said the “outside group” was “asked” to remove any reference to MTSU in “their materials”. To this day, the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show Program is displayed on The Walking Horse Report website. The Show Program has the official logo on Middle Tennessee State University displayed on it.
MTSU WALKING FOR EDUCATION SHOW CHAIRMAN FACEBOOK POST CONFIRMING $5,000.00+ PROFIT FROM BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY AT MTSU PRE-VET SOCIETY HORSE SHOW
The 2013 MTSU Pre-Vet Society Horse Show Chairman Mr Martin Johnson in this April 8, 2012, Facebook post thanked MTSU Agribusiness Director Dr. Warren Gill for his “hard work” which “payed off”, and disclosed that the apparent profit from the Pre-Vet Society horse show was over $5,000.00.
OCT. 14, 2015 LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MTSU FOUNDATION MR. JOE BALES TO MTSU ALUMNUS DR. KAREN E. BROWN
Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 3:40 PM
RE: Oct 15 protest against MTSU’s association with Big Lick animal cruelty
Ginger Freeman, our Director of Alumni Relations, forwarded me your e-mail and I wanted to take a moment to respond. As we have been dealing with this issue for some time, I felt it was important to provide you with the most accurate information and avoid any misrepresentations or incomplete/inaccurate material that might be found in the press or social media.
In discussing the issue of Gen’s Ice Glimmer and his appearance at a show held at our Tennessee Livestock Center, there are a number of items that I would ask that you consider.
The Tennessee Livestock Center, where the show was held, was constructed by the State of Tennessee over 30 years ago to serve as an educational center and to provide exhibition space promoting a diverse array of agricultural activities. Created as a public use space, it has been made available to help serve the needs of Tennessee’s diverse agricultural economy since it opened. The University makes this space equally available, for modest service charges, for a wide range of lawful activities.
Since it’s opening, the Center has hosted hundreds of events, from small shows for the local 4-H and FFA programs to large national events involving exhibitors from across North America, and has provided stalling and pen space for thousands of head of livestock, small animals and horses. These events, held and managed by a wide range of youth, agricultural and civic organizations, are required to adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and to assure the safety of exhibitors, attendees and the animals themselves.
As the Center was funded, in large part, to provide public access and use in promoting a variety of agricultural activities it is our duty to allow as many agricultural activities as possible to utilize this space. Each year, we provide access to dozens of recognized organizations, including our own student groups, with the contractual requirement that they must adhere to any relevant state and federal laws and/or regulations.
While it has been inferred that we have the ability to apply special restrictions to our own student organizations; that is incorrect. Outside of legal and/or student conduct issues, student groups have the same rights to equal access as any other individual or group. As with all other individuals and groups, we require that student groups act in accordance with the law when using our facilities.
In the case of Gen’s Ice Glimmer, our review indicates that all processes were followed appropriately. The facility was reserved by a student group – the Pre-Vet Society – for the purpose of conducting a horse show to generate funds for a student scholarship. The students initially, and inappropriately, used the University’s name and branding materials in promoting their event, but when asked to remove all references to the University, the organization promptly remedied the issue. The group, following the requirements for the show, had inspectors at the show to evaluate the horses for any violations. The inspection process, as outlined by the US Department of Agriculture was followed. In fact, this process worked precisely as it was supposed to, as the horse in question, Gen’s Ice Glimmer, was deemed to be in violation of USDA regulations and was disqualified.
What is disconcerting about the issue is the allegation on the www.billygoboy.com site that Glimmer was “tortured” at MTSU, an inflammatory statement that was offered with no proof or validation and one that implies that the University was somehow involved. The University had no involvement in the care and treatment of Glimmer.
Further invalidating the allegations of “torture” by MTSU is the statement in the same article from industry experts that the alleged “torture” takes significant time and repetition, and is not something that happens at the show facility. Reckless statements like this made in an effort to discredit the University, make it very difficult to give credibility to the organization’s arguments and protestations.
We understand the issue and I can assure you that the University does not promote or condone the unethical or inhumane treatment of any animal. Our students and faculty utilize the highest standards of animal husbandry and care with all animals owned by the University and we require those who utilize our facilities to do the same. That is precisely what happened in the case of Glimmer.
LETTER TO MR. JOE BALES BY CLANT M. SEAY, AAWHA SPOKESPERSON
Nephew Eugene says “Something’s Got A Hold On MTSU”- but until MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee severs all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty, it’s obviously not love for Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER, AMERICA & WORLD’S TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE