Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Galloping wild horse herd. (Stock Photo)

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

Please join The Cloud Foundation with us. Call your U.S. Senators using the following script. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

Script:

1. Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in _______________. My phone # is ______________. (Give all that info upfront for simplicity)

2. I am asking Senator _____________ to vote AGAINST funding the Dept. of Interior Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2020, which includes the Livestock Lobby/ASPCA/HSUS plan to remove over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands in the next 10 yrs. Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed ON THE RANGE, not warehoused at tax-payer expense.

3. Again my name is ______________________, from ____(town)______. Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in.

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Find your Senator’s phone number here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Not sure who your senators are? Find here: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

BACKGROUND

The disastrous “management” plan that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plan, The Cloud Foundation responded in depth to the proposing organizations. Read it here.

More “Big Lick” trainers suspended; take action

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

In a commentary published on June 10, 2019 in The Daily Herald Newspaper of Columbia, TN, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Founder Clant M. Seay writes concerning flagrant horse soring in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions:

It’s not “a few bad apples; rather the entire barrel of apples is rotten. The “Big Lick” is no better than dog fighting and cock fighting. All who practice or support it are guilty because animal cruelty is absolutely necessary to create and maintain the “Big Lick” gait. There was no truce over Civil Rights in America, nor will there be a truce over “Big Lick” animal cruelty. Horses do not have a voice, so we protest for them until the “Big Lick” animal cruelty no longer exists.

More recently, in a post published on September 11, 2019, Seay informs us:

ALL top three Celebration Trainer BOYZ — Mr. Rodney Dick, Mr. Herbert Derickson and Mr. Gary Edwards — are about to go on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “HORSE SORING” (“Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to ‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses), along with the Walking Horse Trainers Association “Trainer Of The Year”, Mr. Phillip Trimble, it sure looks like the whole bowl is chock full of “bad apples”.

Seay had already reported Dick’s suspension:

World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick upholds “Tennessee Tradition” of going on the USDA federal suspension list for alleged “horse soring” shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

In the face of the continued failure of the current law to effectively protect the Tennessee Walking Horse from soring, how can the U.S. Senate fail to pass current legislation that will effectually end it?

S.1007 — The PAST Act of 2019

S.1007 currently has 45 cosponsors. We need a minimum of 60 to give this bill a glimmer of hope. More would be a huge advantage. Why?

A U.S. Senator (possibly more than one; the Clerk wouldn’t specify) has put a “hold” on S.1007 in order to prevent the bill from getting a vote. 60 Senators are required to invoke cloture, a procedure used to break a hold and get a bill its rightful vote by the full Senate.

Action to Take

Type up what you want to say. Go to Senate.gov and find your two Senators. If you don’t know who they are there’s a drop down box where you can sort by State. Click on their links to go to their pages. Click on the email link. Copy and paste your message. Send.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You will need to know your Senators’ names before calling.

Speak from the heart. This will impress your lawmakers more than anything else. If you have any questions email us at info@horsefund.org or ask us in comments below.

The House version of this bill passed 333-96 due to your participation and hard work. Let’s rid these horses of the extreme cruelty of soring.

Thank you.


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Rodney Dick competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration on this year’s 2019 Grand Champion, I’m Mayhem.  Photographer Unknown.

2019 Celebration Grand Champion winner suspended

Help End Horse Soring

The script never changes when it comes to horse soring, does it?

Clant Seay writes:

World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick upholds “Tennessee Tradition” of going on the USDA federal suspension list for alleged “horse soring” shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

But that’s not all of course. It never is with these “folks”. Seay adds:

Mr. Rodney Dick will start serving an 18 month USDA Federal Suspension on October 1, 2019, for two alleged “Horse Soring” violations occurring at the 2016 TWH Celebration. Mr. Dick also agreed to pay a $2,200.00 fine related to his suspension which will end March 31, 2021.

Of course this atrocious human being could care less because he got his ribbon. All of that horrific abuse of a horse who could barely canter because of the excruciating pain he was in — for a lousy ribbon. Where else would you see such a thing? We must stop it.

S.1007 — The PAST Act

Please contact your two U.S. Senators today and ask them to cosponsor S.1007, the PAST Act, and stay committed to giving it their yes vote. The PAST Act has already passed the U.S. House 333-96. When the PAST Act becomes law it will end the ongoing monstrous acts of animal cruelty that is horse soring.

It will only take you a few minutes. Will you do that for these horses?

Type up what you want to say. Go to Senate.gov and find your two Senators. If you don’t know who they are there’s a drop down box where you can sort by State. Click on their links to go to their pages. Click on the email link. Copy & paste your message. Send.

We hope you will speak from the heart. This will impress your lawmakers more than anything else.

If you have any questions email us at info@horsefund.org or ask us in comments below.

In case you need to see what this looks like again.

Seay tells us more:

Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick is the second Walking Horse Trainer to go on USDA Suspension for alleged “Horse Soring” charges in the last three years.

The first was Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ Mr. Bill Callaway who established the “Tennessee Tradition” of going on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “horse soring”. Mr. Callaway did so at 12:01 A.M. on Monday, September 4, 2017, after winning the Celebration World Grand Championship at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Ask Congress to close the loopholes that allows this horrific “sport” to go on.

Find and contact your two U.S. Senators at Senate.gov »

Thank you on behalf of I’m Mayhem and all of the thousands of horses like him who have suffered and will continue to suffer these cruelties unless we bring it to an end for them.

Attendance at “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty show at a 50 year low

Horse soring "stacks" on the front hooves of a Tennessee Walking Horse at Big Lick competition. HSUS.

Clant Seay and the people who protest at “Big Lick” animal cruelty events with him — plus every one of you who contacted your U.S. Representative making that historic landslide victory in the U.S. House 333 to 96 possible— are the true heroes of the “sored” Tennessee Walking Horse. Take action in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Seay reports the following regarding this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, where horses are “sored” to give them an unnaturally high stepping gait:

SHELBYVILLE, TN – (c) A devastating landslide vote (333 to 96) in the U. S. Congress, along with the determined protests by “WE, The People” – Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC), have cut attendance at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to a shocking 50 year low — fewer than 25,000 actual attendance (persons occupying seats at the Celebration events).

Based on eye-witnesses and photographs, the 2019 Celebration attendance was under 25,000 for the ten (10) nights of the event.

A lifetime Celebration patron said, “A ten night event has essentially now become a one night horse show”. The 2019 Celebration actual attendance was paltry, except for the first Saturday and the second Friday and Saturday.

Read more, view all the empty seats at Mr. Seay’s “Billy Go Boy” website »

Here is this year’s Grand Champion. Look at the horse. Look at the rider.

Rodney Dick and Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion I'm Mayhem. Photo by Gary Johnson (Times-Gazette).
Rodney Dick and Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion I’m Mayhem. Photo by Gary Johnson (Times-Gazette).

You can watch this part of their hideous show featuring the eventual winner pictured above and the still frame of the video below. You can also see how sparsely attended it is now. Let’s get rid of it altogether.

No rational, decent human being can perpetuate these atrocities and inflict the endless, daily suffering on these horses in order to get this gait without being socially and morally challenged, and in some cases have shown to be dangerous to humans as well.

Case in point: On more than one occasion, “Big Lick” participants enraged at protesters have tried to run them down with their trucks. These protesters were doing nothing more than standing out of the way on a patch of grass, holding up signs.

FOSH President Teresa Bippen is nearly run down and killed by a black truck pulling a trailer during a peaceful protest of horse soring at a Big Lick event in Columbia, Tennessee. That's Teresa in the pink top on the right, behind the sign she is holding. Photo: Billy Go Boy.
FOSH President Teresa Bippen is nearly run down and killed by a black truck pulling a trailer during a peaceful protest of horse soring at a Big Lick event in Columbia, Tennessee. That’s Teresa in the pink top on the right, behind the sign she is holding. Photo: Billy Go Boy.

Learn more in Clant Seay’s full report about this year’s “Celebration” »

New to the issue?

Horse soring is a painful practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait to win big prizes, such as Tennessee Walking Horse competitions.

This is accomplished by irritating the hooves and forelegs through the injection or application of chemical or mechanical irritants.

As a sored horse tries to escape the intense pain in his front feet and lower legs, he snatches them up giving the “desired effect” known as the “Big Lick.”

See full Fact Sheet on The Horse Fund website » • Take Action for Sored Horses »