PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – The Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty appeared before the Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, meeting of the Panama Beach City Council representing more than 5,000 persons who signed a Change.Org Petition and asked the Panama City Beach City Council to cancel the Gulf Coast Trainers Show, and to ban it in the future.
Citizens Campaign member Clant M. Seay quoted the words of PAST Act Sponsor Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), “Bottom line, you either want to end equine abuse caused by humans or you favor equine abuse caused by humans. Which is it?”
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TED YOHO, DVM (R-FL) – LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN
Seay provided the City Council with documentation that the “Gulf Coast Trainer’s Show” is based on underlying Big Lick Animal Cruelty. He cited a 2015 USDA Horse Protection Activity Report showing where USDA Vet inspectors disqualified 35% of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected for animal cruelty violations at the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Seay said that the eyes of the nation and the world are on Panama City Beach, Bay County, Florida to see if it will cancel the 2016 Gulf Coast Trainer’s Show, and ban it in the future.
He told the history of the show leaving Panama City Beach after the 2014, and moving 420 miles to Columbia, Tennessee, where it met with public protests and a public boycott in 2015.
APRIL 24, 2015 CITIZENS PROTEST AT GULF COAST SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TN
OVER 5,00+ PERSONS HAVE SIGNED CHANGE.ORG PETITION
Citizens Campaign representative said he would await the Council’s decision in the matter, and would provide additional information to support the request.
Following Mr. Seay, the City Council heard from Ms. Dee Cantrell, wife of Walking Horse Trainer Association 1st VP Mr. Bill Cantrell of Phenix City, Alabama. It is not clear why Mr. Cantrell did not come himself, rather than send his wife to speak for the Big Lick Trainers Association.
BIG LICK WALKING HORSE TRAINER MR. BILL CANTRELL
BIG LICK TRAINER BILL CANTRELL HORSE PROTECTION ACT VIOLATIONS (ANIMAL CRUELTY)
MS DEE CANTRELL, WIFE OF MR BILL CANTRELL
Here is a bullet point summary of Ms. Cantrell’s remarks:
• “I represent the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association which is based in Shelbyville, Tennessee
• The Walking Horse Trainers Association was formed in 1968
• We are excited about partnering with the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration to put on the 18th annual Gulf Coast Trainers Show.
• The event was schedule April 21,22, 23rd of this year, and will be held at the Frank Brown Park.
• We are proud of our association with Gulf Coast Charity Celebration and the Walking Horse Show across the country are designed to showcase our beautiful talented animals that we love
• But also these shows benefit these charities that help others
• Today, charitable organizations in the NW Florida area have received over $800,000 in charitable donations since its inception since 1999.
• The horses that compete are stabled on the show grounds all week and are in full view of the public.
• Prior to competing, each class entry must be inspected by licensed and trained personnel that is certified by the USDA
• If the USDA attends the show, which they have for every year all 17 years, this will be the 18th year ???, then this could be two layers of inspection
• In addition, the winner of every class has to go back through another inspection to make sure that they are compliant with the horse protection act.
• The welfare of our animals is of paramount importance to all of us as each horse will be treated with utmost respect and dignity, and will be cared for like the class individuals they truly are.
• The Tennessee Walking Horse is known for its calm ??? and smooth ride
• As a result of the Panama City Beach Florida show, you will see exhibitors competing ages 11 and under and as high as 70 years and older.
• Also, unlike most other horse breeds, some of our horses that will compete will be over the age of 14 so their longevity is very ????
• In closing, we are proud of our horse? as talented animals ????
• We thank for the hospitality and quality?? Partnership we have always received from Panama City Beach. We ask each of you to come visit us.”
Ms. Dee Cantrell’s words: “The welfare of our animals is of paramount importance to all of us as each horse will be treated with utmost respect and dignity, and will be cared for like the class individuals they truly are” ring hollow when compared with this photo of the front feet of Gen’s Ice Glimmer taken on July 28, 2015.
Ironically, Glimmer was born a short one hour’s drive from Mr. Bill Cantrell’s Big Lick training operation at Phenix City, Alabama.
The stage is now set, and the Panama City Beach City Council has a decision to make.
It must decide if it wants Big Lick Animal Cruelty to come to the “Home of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”, or have its reputation as a family vacation destination resort stained by providing safe harbor for Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
Nephew Eugene says stay tuned.