Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

Big Lick Animal Cruelty Protest at Western North Carolina Agriculture Center


ASHEVILLE, NC (October 6, 2016) — Citizens Campaign Against ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC) advocates will peacefully protest the animal cruelty perpetrated upon Tennessee Walking Horses at the North Carolina Championship ‘Big Lick’ Horse Show held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, October 6 – 8, in Asheville.

Almost 96,000 persons from every state in America, including 3,000+ North Carolinians, and 300+ Ashevillians, signed a CCABLAC Change.Org Petition asking Western North Carolina residents to boycott the event and State Agriculture officials to no longer allow it on state owned property.

According to MTSU Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner, the ‘Big Lick’ is animal cruelty. “It is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses. We call on the good people of Western North Carolina to turn their backs on and boycott this event,” he said.

According to Ms. Teresa Bippen, President of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses, Inc.):

“In 2015, we applauded the Commissioner of Agriculture for banning the ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse from appearing at the NC State Fair. It was the last state fair in the America to allow ‘Big Lick’ horses to be exhibited”.

Ms. Bippen also testified for the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) before the U. S. Congress in 2013.

Clant M. Seay said, “The people of North Carolina should be proud that 9 of their 12 U. S. Representatives presently co-sponsor the PAST ACT in this session of Congress. They include Rep. Patrick McHenry and Rep. Mark Meadows who represent Asheville, Buncombe and Henderson Counties. The Past Act will remove the “pads and chains” and eliminate the ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty.”

“CCABLAC enthusiastically supports the Federal regulation to the Horse Protection Act proposed on July 26, 2016 by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack which will make the ‘pads and chains’ illegal, thus abolishing the ‘Big Lick’, and freeing the State of North Carolina, and the Tennessee Walking Horse breed, from the stigma of being the face of equine animal cruelty to America and the world.”


Contact: Clant M. Seay
Tel: 662-380-3367
When: 4:00 P.M., Oct. 6 – 8
Where: See Map

WNC Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Road
Asheville, NC

Big Lick Protest Map Western NC Agricultural Center


From the 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation

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