WASHINGTON, D.C. – The voices and faces of the brave Tennesseans at the Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show, where the Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty advocates historically spoke out against Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses with center ring at their backs, were hand-delivered late last week to key members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation.
The Videos were handed to:
- U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
- U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
- Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY ADVOCATES
“As an American, I object to it strenuously. As a Tennessean, I oppose its presence in here in my state. I am a taxpayer in this county (Maury). My husband’s family has been here over 200 years, and I am mad.” There’s no way to achieve this “lick” without repeated systemic cruelty. It’s torture and it’s appalling. It has no place in a civilized society.”
U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
“The internet has been instrumental in educating people as to how these horses are treated. My goal is to raise even more awareness and bring more attention to what is happening to these poor horses.”
U. S. SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN)
“These horses are meant to graze. Once they have these big shoes and big pads put on their feet, it’s like they are in prison and in pain due to the chemicals on their legs. It is cruelty – being in prison and in pain”.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN (D-TN)
“There’s no reason any horse should have to suffer for entertainment. The Horses don’t have a voice for themselves. It’s all about educating people. I operate the Horse Plus Humane Society. We saved “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse “Gen’s Ice Glimmer” from going to slaughter. At the very least, remove the “stacks” and chains from these shows. It’s completely uncalled for … “
“I am here because I want the chains and pads removed from the Tennessee Walking Horse. They do such a horrible thing to them. There is no need to sore an animal at all. I have two Tennessee Walking Horses. One was an actual former show horse and he’s 17 now, and I can still see his pain.”
Www.BillyGoBoy.com – Analysis and Commentary:
Senior U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) knows he is on the wrong side of this issue. He had to earn the $3 million campaign contribution given to him in 2014, but now that he has, Senator Alexander doesn’t have any fire in his belly for this proposition.
Senator Alexander will be 76 years old in two weeks. His legacy of being a moderate progressive and education oriented leader doesn’t fit well with fronting for the Animal Cruelty being perpetrated to Tennessee Walking Horses.
And he also knows it’s about over.
Senator Alexander and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have effectively blocked PAST ACT, and it has no chance of passage as long as Senator McConnell is Senate Majority Leader.
U. S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)
Senator McConnell’s terms runs through 2020.
What neither Senator Alexander nor Senator McConnell have an answer for is the Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. It has inspired the only plausible hope to end the “Big Lick” once and for all.
That hope is U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, acting under the inherent power vested in his office by the Horse Protection Act, to publish a Federal Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” and end the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
OFFICIAL USDA STATEMENT – FEDERAL REGULATION TO WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM
“USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a proposed rule to significantly strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) regulations. The rule is currently under review at OMB. Congress charged USDA with enforcing the HPA and eliminating the abusive practice of soring, which, in turn would restore fair competition and sales within the gaited horse industry, however, soring remains a problem within the walking horse industry. By making certain changes to the Agency’s HPA regulations, we believe that we can decrease the rate of noncompliance with the HPA, focus our investigative resources on other important cases, and bring the Agency closer to achieving the mission of the HPA. In preparing the proposed rule, the Agency also took into consideration a 2010 OIG report which found that the existing regulatory structure, which requires Horse Industry Organizations to hire and train inspectors to identify sore horses at industry-sponsored shows, is not effective. We look forward to receiving public comments once the proposed rule is published. We do not have a timeframe for when the OMB review will be complete and when the Rule will be published.
When it is published, it will be published on the Federal Register. The link you sent is where final rules are incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations. We have developed a proposed rule. Here is a link to the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/
Informed sources say that Senator Lamar Alexander is privately hopeful that the pending Federal Regulation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Federal Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” will let him off the hook.
A tell-tale sign that Senator Alexander has no enthusiasm for the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty is that he didn’t attend the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Neither did Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R-TN).
The Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty stood outside the 2015 Celebration the event and called upon the public to “BOYCOTT” the event.
And the people did just that.
The catalyst came at the start of the event with the story of Gen’s Ice Glimmer being told to the State of Tennessee, and the World.
Tennesseans didn’t like their State being the home of the Animal Cruelty.
They “BOYCOTTED” the Celebration.
Over 30,000 seats over the 10 day event were empty.
After all the successes of the triumphs of the Citizens Campaign, which is simply, “We The People”, the “Big Lick” World is now crumbling.
Empty seats at the “Big LIck” Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.
Empty seats at Panama City Beach (The Last One):
Empty seats at Jackson, Mississippi (The Last One):
Empty seats at Fun Show:
Empty seats at Trainers Show:
Another reading of the tea leaves is that there is not much gas left in the tank for the “Big Lick”. The City of Shelbyville has grown to loathe it, and the only two people who really want it to continue are David L. Howard and his son, Jefrey, because they line their pockets via the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
The money people are not ponying up, and the die-hard fanatics are left to hawking “Walk Proud” T-shirts, and attempting to assess an “Animal Cruelty” surcharge at the fast waning remaining “Big Lick” Middle Tennessee horse show venues. And they are looking at the skies and talking about throwing rocks at drones.
Four years ago, the “Big Lick” was saying “Come on down – Let Us Show You What We Do”. Now it’s trying to reinvent “Copyright Law” to keep the public from seeing what they do. The First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution guarantees Freedom of the Press in public venues, and the McMahon vs Municipality of Panama City Beach Order proved conclusively that the First Amendment prevails over a lease of public property to a private vendor who attempts to restrict the First Amendment.
Please click below to be enlightened.
The “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show is kaput – gone with the wind.
There will never be another “Big Lick” Panama City Beach “Big Lick” Horse Show at the PCB Frank Brown Park.
There is a strong possibility that this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will see its last “Big Lick” entries. Persons who spend time “cutting out paper dolls”, and doing “bill-boards” in areas where they are ineffective are wasting time and resources.
It’s time for America to get behind U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and back his gambit to end things here and now.
Nephew Eugene says he is hearing a documentary on Animal Cruelty is in the works:
“The Anatomy of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty in Middle Tennessee”
The setting will be the 2016 Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.
According to Nephew Eugene, It will feature an in-depth and incisive look at the culture of Animal Cruelty, including “under cover” portions, for America and the world to see just exactly what goes on at a multi-day “Big Lick” horse show in the largest Tennessee city which still allows the institutionalized Animal Cruelty to be featured in its Maury County Park.
After it is viewed, you will know why U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will be so glad to lay down his $3 million burden of having to be the face of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty,
Then there is the question: “What Would Jesus Do”?
But that is a story for another day.