TUNICA ARENA, TUNICA COUNTY, MS – Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, an obviously irate driver who was attending the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Show, appeared to maliciously and deliberately aim and drive a truck at CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocates who were protesting “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the “Big Lick” Tunica Fall Classic Horse Show.
The shocking incident was captured on video by www.billygoboy.com reporter..
CCABLAC animal welfare advocate Clant M. Seay said, “The irresponsible conduct of a person who used a potentially deadly weapon to recklessly endanger the lives of innocent citizens is reprehensible. These fine Americans did nothing other than peacefully assemble in a public place to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and protest “Big LIck” Animal Cruelty to defenseless innocent Tennessee Walking Horses. The conduct of the driver of the truck is not going to be tolerated. We will see that this person is prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law to be sure that others, who might be so inclined, will think twice before doing something that endangers the lives of other persons.”
The “Big Lick” Horse Show was brought to Mississippi by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration located in Shelbyville, TN. The driver, who appeared to be in a rage, made an obscene gesture toward the CCABLAC volunteers while driving a truck bearing Missouri license plates.
In 2015, USDA Vet Inspectors disqualified 30% of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected for alleged violations of the Horse Protection Act (Animal Cruelty).
The truck’s driver entered the driveway into the Tunica Arena and was travelling in a straight direction until upon seeing the CCABLAC advocates holding the trademark BOYCOTT BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY banner, suddenly swerved his truck and aimed it directly at the peaceful protestors, and accelerated while driving directly toward at the animal welfare advocates, until swerving back to his left. Virtually the entire time, the truck driver was flashing an obscene “middle finger” gesture at the protestors.
CCABLAC ADVOCATES PEACEFULLY PROTESTING “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY TO TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES -TUNICA ARENA- NOV. 3, 2016
The CCABLAC advocates included a 24 year old mother of two young children (ages 2 and 4), two lady retirees, and a well known Memphian who operates an animal rescue foundation whose purpose is the “prevention of cruelty to animals including education, support, and funding to offset immediate medical expenses and needs for any abused, injured, and/or abandoned animal in a critical situation”.
Immediately after the incident, one protestor, when asked to describe what happened, said:
“A man acted like he was going to run us over and swerved within a few feet of us”.
Upon being called, Tunica County Deputy Sheriffs immediately responded to the scene, took information, and then started searching for the driver who is believe to have attended the “Big Lick” Horse. Show.
Court proceedings are anticipated on this matter on Friday morning.
CCABLAC had previously scheduled a Media Meeting from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., Friday, November 4, 2016, at “The Boardroom” at the Peabody Hotel to address this situation, and comment upon CCABLAC’s Citizens Campaign which in 2015 has gone from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida, and then to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and now to the Bluff City of Memphis, Tennessee, and the Delta of Tunica County, Mississippi.
IRATE DRIVER – “BIG LICK” TUNICA FALL CLASSIC HORSE SHOW – NOV. 3, 2016