WASHINGTON, DC – The increased public awareness resulting from the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty public protests of horse shows, supported by FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses), has turned up the heat on abolishing the “Big Lick”.
Starting a year ago, the peaceful protestors have appeared at horse shows and events where “Big Lick” Walking Horse Trainers and their customers exhibit Tennessee Walking Horses wearing chain action devices, or padded performance packages with metal hoof bands.
Combined with the Citizens Campaign, and FOSH efforts, is the work by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AHC (American Horse Council), Animal Welfare Institute, HSUS, SPCA and others to eliminate the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
On Friday, the following appeared:
As the Chief Executive, the President appoints the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture is charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act. Under the terms of the Horse Protection Act, the Secretary of Agriculture is vested with the power, should he decide to do so, to unilaterally abolish the “Big Lick” pads and chains as being in the best interest and the welfare of the horse.
Since 2013, over 70% of the elected U. S. Congress (Representatives and Senators) have expressed the will of the American People by publicly supporting the abolishment of the “Big Lick”. The inhumane practices necessary to manufacture the pain-induced “Big Lick” gait include 8+/- pound shoes, and chain action devices which cause pain and scarring when striking a horse’s sensitive skin, are no longer acceptable in today’s society.
“BIG LICK” ON FULL DISPLAY – APRIL 2, 2016 – JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
ALMOST 8 POUND STACK SHOES REMOVED FROM GEN’S ICE GLIMMER, TWHBEA #24704770, Blood Type #TWT050457, AMERICA’S TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
In addition to the heightened public awareness from Citizens protesting, the “Big Lick” has targeted the USDA attempts to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
In 2015, “Big Lick” supporters apparently engaged in attempts to ensnare USDA Vet Inspectors, while they enforced the Horse Protection Act by performing inspections of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses at horse shows. In one instance, USDA VMO Dr. “Clem” Dussault was accused of assault against a “Big Lick” supporter in the inspection area. The charges were heard in a bench trial before a U. S. District Court Judge on June 15, 2015, in Cookeville, Tennessee. Dr. Clem Dussault was acquited of the charges.
On March 19, 2016, at the annual Walking Horse Trainers Show in Shelbyville, Tennessee, WHTA Show Manager Mr. Billy Morgan, with the approval of WHTA President Mr. Bill Young, abruptly fired the USDA trained inspectors during the middle of the horse show. The horses were left with no protection when the USDA trained inspectors were relieved of their duties at approximately 8:30 p.m.
In January 2016, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Inspection Program (S.H.O.W. HIO) ,with no fanfare or drum roll, eliminated all previously existing penalties for Horse Protection Act violations, and it erased all prior penalties. This action came after the Celebration Inspection Program touted having the “toughest penalties” in the business.
No, they simply have none.
The only penalty for hurting a horse is you don’t get to show that night.
That approach is outrageous, unless you have a total insensitivity regarding the inhumane treatment of the horses. Any person who has the interest of horses foremost would never advocate such a position. To do so, would reflect a total loss of direction and responsibility where the interest and welfare of “The Horses” is concerned:
On February 29, 2016, a Complaint was filed by the Celebration S.H.O.W. Inspection Program, and a”Big Lick” practitioner, against the USDA over the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. The “Big Lick” position set out in the Complaint is a punishment or penalty for a violation of the Horse Protection Act can only be assessed after, notice and a hearing before a representative or agent of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture. Further, the Complaint called for the USDA to remove the names of all persons published on the USDA APHIS website for prior HPA violators.
The eyes of the United States, and the World, are presently focused on Panama City Beach, Florida, which is a most unlikely place to have a decisive battle in the War against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to determine the future welfare of “The Horses” is concerned, however in course of American history, so was a small town in Pennsylvania.
CITIZENS WILL PROTEST PANAMA CITY BEACH HORSE SHOW
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 21, 2016, Citizens will gather in front of the Panama City Beach City Hall – Convention & Visitors Bureau to peacefully protest “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty being hosted at the city owned Frank Brown Park, and then the Citizens will go to the Frank Brown Park and protest the Horse Show which will feature “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses.
“BIG LICK” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES – APRIL 2, 2016
Panama City Beach, Florida, is shaping up as the venue where the struggle for Horses, who can’t speak for themselves, could be decided. It is the place where public awareness is now focused, and the battle lines are clearly drawn. It is also the home state of U. S. Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) who is the lead sponsor of the PAST Act to abolish the “Big Lick”. Additionally, there has been an investigation into the facts surrounding the recent activities of the Panama City Beach Horse Show that will be made public in the near future.
OPTION AVAILABLE TO THE U. S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Under the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, who is appointed by the President of the United States of America, can unilaterally act to abolish the “Big Lick”. (Informed observers believe the tree is leaning.)
If the Secretary courageously acts to protect “The Horses“, then it’s
Game – Set – Match.
Nephew Eugene says the “Big Lick” may have out kicked their coverage”.