ASHEVILLE, NC – Over 3,000+ North Carolinians have now joined over 95,000+ persons requesting North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture officials, Mr. Matt Buchanan and Chief Deputy Commissioner Mr. N. David Smith, to cancel the horrific “Big Lick” classes set for the “Big Lick” North Carolina Horse Show at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in metro Asheville, North Carolina which starts Thursday, October 6, 2016.
2014 Tennessee World Grand Champion “I AM JOSE” – At North Carolina “Big Lick” Championship Horse Show – Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Asheville, NC
In March 2015, responding to public pressure from a Change.Org Petition with almost 20,000 signatures. including a public protest led by Ms. Michelle Disney (Raleigh) at the NC State Fair, North Carolina Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith on March 10, 2015, according to published reports, first in www.billygoboy.com on March 10, 2015, and then in The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), and The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse from the NC State Fair.
Nine (9) OF Thirteen (13) NC U.S. REPRESENTATIVES CO-SPONSOR PAST ACT
CCABLAC MEETS WITH ASHEVILLE VOICE FOR ANIMAL ADVOCATES
CCABLAC, “We, The People” – Letter to Mr. Matt Buchan, General Manager and Chief Deputy Agriculture Commission Mr. N. David Smith: “Please Cancel and Boycott “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Classes – North Carolina Championship Show. The “Big Lick” is Animal Cruelty, and has no place in Asheville – Fletcher, North Carolina, or at the state-owned Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. If the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse is not welcome at the NC State Fair in Raleigh, then it should not be allowed at any Agricultural Center owned by the State of North Carolina. For the Asheville – Fletcher, North Carolina to host this “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty causes them to be stained by the stigma of being part of animal abuse.”
Margaret Fite, Durham, NC – “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!
Sally Conte – Raleigh, NC – “What is wrong with the equine industry that continues to allow certain “standards (such as the “Big Lick”) to exist. Horses have natural gaits- Movements that do not require cruel measures to promote the beauty that these magnificent animals naturally possess. Please ban anyone using cruel and illegal practices from showing. If owners and trainers have no where to show the “fruits” of their cruel practices …….then such cruel measures such as Chains and weights etc. will be eliminated. Take notice the sponsors of the Asheville and Fletcher Horse Shows- do the humane and honorable thing forbid the above practices and knowledge of such abuse to be a part of your shows.
Meliana Burda, Greensboro, NC – “I live in North Carolina and this is deplorable.”
North Carolina is getting a reputation as a very backwards thinking State. It’s time to make the moves to bring it into the 21st century. Animal Cruelty is not ok.
The 2016 CCABLAC campaign has covered from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida;
to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Nephew Eugene says the CCABLAC Change.Org Petition will soon go over 100,000+ signatures, and all eyes will be on this man, including over 3,000+ North Carolinians, to explain “WHY” the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is hosting a three-day “Big LIck” Horse Show which features despicable Animal Cruelty.
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
Western NC Ag Center Mr. Matt Buchanan, and Chief Deputy Ag Commissioner Mr. N. David Smith, work for this man – who is elected by the voters of North Carolina.
Nephew Eugene also wonders why the North Carolina Championship “Big LIck” Horse Show management has not yet made public the names of the horse show Judges. Word is one of the Judges has, not just one, but two, multi-year USDA federal suspensions from showing “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses in the face of alleged Animal Cruelty allegations brought by the USDA.