The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) conducted an on-camera interview with Barney Davis, a former Tennessee horse trainer who pleaded guilty to various violations of the Horse Protection Act last November.
This is an exclusive HSUS interview uploaded on YouTube August 28, 2012.
Related HSUS press materials state:
Davis served most of his one-year sentence in prison and was also ordered by the court to cooperate in the production of an educational video describing pervasiveness of the abusive practice of horse “soring.”
The practice causes intentional pain to the feet or legs of horses through the application of caustic chemicals to burn their skin, or by inserting foreign objects to the sensitive areas of their hooves. In reaction to the pain, horses lift their front legs high off the ground, producing the exaggerated “Big Lick” gait rewarded in the show ring.
At his sentencing hearing in February, Davis admitted to routinely soring horses during their training, and explained that this illegal activity is so rampant as to be commonplace throughout the Tennessee walking horse industry.
In the meantime, USDA inspectors attending the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration are being subjected to just as much scrutiny as the alleged abusers, who are protesting citations with the help of veterinarians.
– See “Federal inspectors clash with walking horse groups“; WBNS-10TV, Columbus, Ohio; Aug. 28, 2012.
Walking horse industry leaders invited media from across the region to watch a demonstration of how an uninjured horse acts during an inspection.
It was the group’s latest salvo in a battle against the USDA, which it believes is unfairly citing horses competing in the Celebration as retribution for the industry resisting new USDA rules.
– See “Tennessee Walking Horse industry goes on offensive“; by Heidi Hall; The Tennessean; Aug. 28, 2012