Tennessee “celebrates” another year of hideous horse cruelty

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Horse Soring The show must go on for these serial horse abusers — but who attends these hideous events? Not many. The days when the stands were comparatively full during Celebration are long since gone. Attendance has been dwindling for years (with and without COVID). The Walking Horse Report brags that this year's paid attendance… Continue reading Tennessee “celebrates” another year of hideous horse cruelty

Lawmakers at work to get anti HISA lawsuit tossed

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You are familiar with the The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), right? The Act that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell hustled into law during the previous Congress's last hurrah, before adjourning? A couple of "horsemen" groups decided to be a big fly in everybody's ointment by filing lawsuits. HISA's authors are trying to defeat the… Continue reading Lawmakers at work to get anti HISA lawsuit tossed

Lawsuits filed against the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

In an opinion piece for the Louisville Courier-Journal, April 29, 2021, right before the Kentucky Derby, Mitch McConnell and Andy Barr patted themselves generously on the back regarding the passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (“Act”), a bi-partisan bill made law on December 27, 2020. The Act establishes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety… Continue reading Lawsuits filed against the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

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ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 24, 2020) — The federally sanctioned authority empowered by newly proposed legislation by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will be able to impose strict controls on the use of any therapeutic medications administered to a “covered horse”, effectively setting the stage for a program that could require a veterinarian to receive prior permission before… Continue reading McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

House Cmte to consider thoroughbred racing reform legislation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) — The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce has officially scheduled a markup hearing for H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity Act, led by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., for Wednesday. The markup, which gives committee members the opportunity to present changes or amendments before it is sent to… Continue reading House Cmte to consider thoroughbred racing reform legislation

Mitch McConnell rides a spooked horse — the racing industry

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). ©2020 Bloomberg Finance LP. Image by Stefani Reynolds.

We have been following the scuttlebutt this week since it was announced that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has decided to ride to the rescue of horse racing. He is riding a spooked horse so not sure what he can do, but it appears he feels he has found at least part of the answer —… Continue reading Mitch McConnell rides a spooked horse — the racing industry

Protest Mitch McConnell and the “Big Lick”, Fri., Sept. 4th, in Shelbyville

US Sen. Mitch McConnell.

CLANT SEAY invites everyone who can to protest in person with him Friday, Sept. 4th, at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and the visiting Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Seay writes: U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has perpetuated “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. Since 1988, “Big Lick” Multi-Millionaires have paid… Continue reading Protest Mitch McConnell and the “Big Lick”, Fri., Sept. 4th, in Shelbyville

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Committee Power

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) uses his influence to not only interfere with the success of pending horse protection legislation, but also existing laws and government agencies in charge of making sure horse welfare regulations are enforced. Two cruelty issues stand out that McConnell has perpetuated: horse slaughter and horse soring. McConnell has routinely been active… Continue reading Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Committee Power

Trump and McConnell team up to prevent Rule that would virtually end horse soring

WASHINGTON, DC — Shortly before leaving the White House to attend his Inaugural Ball, Trump approved the following Memorandum: The Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies states: The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration. In… Continue reading Trump and McConnell team up to prevent Rule that would virtually end horse soring

Roy Exum on Horse Soring: Obama, Hear Our Plea

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Updated via THE CHATTANOOGAN A COUPLE OF weeks ago a letter bearing the signatures of 175 very furious members of Congress was delivered to our nation’s Office of Management and Budget. It asked that the OMB review a rule amending the federal Horse Protection Act so the Obama administration could kick the shiny stuffing out… Continue reading Roy Exum on Horse Soring: Obama, Hear Our Plea