ASHEVILLE, NC – The “WE, The People” Change.Org Petition by CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, now has the full attention of the United States, and the World (over 62 countries), with over 50,000+ people who have signed it, and approximately 5,000 of them have made comments.
Over 1,000+ North Carolinians have signed the Petition.
“I am furious and deeply ashamed that North Carolina supports the cruel abuse of these splendid horses and my taxes are helping it happen. The “Big Lick” should be ILLEGAL. I am from the mountains. Asheville and Fletcher, what are you thinking!? Please stop this!
The CCABLAC Petition reflects the collective outrage against the Animal Cruelty being perpetrated upon “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses at the state-owned Western North Carolina Agricultural Center , next to the Asheville, North Carolina airport at the city of Fletcher, just outside Asheville, NC.
In March 2015, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Steve Troxler acted to ban “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair. The action was in response to a 19,000+ signature petition, and a public protest at the State Fair.
A call has been made to protest the “Big Lick” North Carolina Horse Show:
The North Carolina Championship Horse Show starts on October 6, 2016.
The 2016 NC State Fair starts on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.
It is expected there will also be a Protest against the 2016 NC State Fair over the State of NC Agriculture Commissioner allowing “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to be featured at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville, NC.
So far, over 1,000 North Carolinians have signed the CCABLAC Change.Org Petition.
NORTH CAROLINA COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE MR. MIKE TROXLER
March 13, 2015 – The Charlotte Observer Newspaper Article
NC State Fair cancels Tennessee Walking Horse show after protest
The decision comes in the wake of a protest at the fair during the October show and a petition with 19,700 signatures demanding the State Fair ban the performance category for Tennessee Walking Horses. Protesters claimed that the training methods to prepare a horse for this type of show are cruel and inhumane.
BY TAYLOR KNOPF
RALEIGH – After more than 30 years, the N.C. State Fair will no longer offer the show featuring performances by the high-stepping Tennessee Walking Horse.
The decision comes in the wake of a protest at the fair during the October show and a petition with 19,700 signatures demanding the State Fair ban the performance category for the breed. Protesters claimed that the training methods to prepare a horse for this type of show are cruel and inhumane.
The protest, the petition and many emails calling for its cancellation were all factors in the state Department of Agriculture’s decision to ban the performance category, said Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith. But he added, “It was a culmination of many factors including a lack of horses that participated, and the added cost of those particular shows when we had to bring in vets to certify the horses.”
Meanwhile back in Tennessee, the public continues to oppose the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
“Big Lick” Prison Blues
Big Lick Prison Blues
I hear the train a comin
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in “Big Lick” prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to Shel-be-ville..
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever wear those chains.
But they sored me down in Jackson, just to watch me prance
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..
I bet there’s rich folks eatin in the Hall of Fame Club
They’re probably drinkin’ Jack Daniels and smoking big cigars.
They think I have this coming, and I know I can’t be free
But those people keep a SORING'(alleged)
And that’s what tortures me…
Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I’d move it on a little farther down the line
Far from “Big Lick” prison, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away…..
“Big Lick” Prison of Skywalks Magical Dream
Skywalks Magical Dream – August 30, 2016
Skywalks Magical Dream – Sep. 2, 2016
Skywalks Magical Dream – Sep. 2, 2016
Celebration Winner “Extra Special Jose'” – Aug. 27, 2016 – Mr. Sammy Cagle & Ms. Gayle Cagle, Owners of Record, Skywalks Magical Dream
Skywalks Magical Dream Transfer – Signed “In Blank” by Sammy & Gayle Cagle
Here are the TWHBEA (Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry Procedures) regarding Sales and Transfers of Horses:
Query: Did “Sammy & Gayle Cagle” comply with the TWHBEA Rules & Procedures?
Then there is the story of Gen’s Ice Glimmer.
Glimmer was found to be SORED at the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show on April 5, 2013. Ms. Shirley Vandygriff, Exhibitor, and Mr. Andy Simpson, Trainer, according to these USDA Horse Protection Program, were listed as “Responsible Party for Horse Found in Violation”. (alleged Animal Cruelty)
According to Walking Horse Report “Show Results”, Gen’s Ice Glimmer was shown on July 13, 2013, by Ms. Shirley Vandygriff in the “Amateur Ladies Specialty” class at the Mid-South Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Tennessee:
According to the following August 29, 2015 article, Ms. Shirley Vandygriff told The Tennesseean Reporter Ms. Holly Meyer that she had not owned Gen’s Ice Glimmer in two years.
“Shirley Vandygriff — who is listed as the owner and exhibitor on the violation and is listed as an owner on the registration papers that came with the horse’s most recent sale — told The Tennessean in a message that she has not owned the horse for two years. The papers list the horse’s blood type and pedigree. Vandygriff said Gen’s Ice Glimmer was not sore when she owned him and had no further information.”
Query: So if Ms. Shirley Vandygriff “didn’t” own Glimmer, who did?
Here are Glimmer’s Certificate of Registration papers signed “in blank” by Ms. Shirley Vandygriff.
So who was the “person” to whom Ms. Vandygriff allegedly “sold” Gen’s Ice Glimmer. ThIs Certificate of Registration was given to the Horse Plus Humane Society on July 28, 2015, by the Wilson Horse & Mule Auction in Cookeville, Tennessee, when Glimmer was saved from going to slaughter.
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER
Did Ms. Shirley Vandygriff violate the following TWHBEA rules:
Why didn’t Mr. Sammy and Ms. Gayle Cagle, and Ms. Shirley Vandygriff, follow the TWHBEA (breed registry) rules, and put the name of the person to whom Skywalks Magical Dream and Gen’s Ice Glimmer, respectively, were sold?
How many beautiful scarred abused “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses have been taken to the public auction in Cookeville, Tennessee to get rid of the evidence of the horrors of the “Big Lick Prison”???
Nephew Eugene says it’s no wonder that over 50,000+ people are motivated enough to sign the CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Change.Org Petition to call upon North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Steve Troxler to do something about it.
NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER MR. STEVE TROXLER