Roy Exum speaks: Congress 261, Tennessee 1

Roy Exum The Chattanoogan

All of Congress should be included in being held accountable to pass House Bill 1518 – The PAST Bill. Not to forget our Senators – they too need to stand up and bring in the votes to pass S1406. ~ HfH

From: The Chattanoogan
By: Roy Exum

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It is most despicable and demeaning to me that while now there are 261 members of the United States House of Representatives who are co-sponsors of a pending bill that would greatly hamper horse abuse, there are eight of nine members in Congress from the state of Tennessee who have thus far refused to endorse the same bill. I believe Tennessee’s Republican delegation should sternly be held accountable by the people of Tennessee because to abuse any defenseless animal is very wrong.

House Bill 1518, called the PAST Act or “Prevent All Soring Tactics,” is a much-needed improvement on a federal law passed in 1970 called the Horse Protection Act. In the Senate the pending legislation is known as S1406, yet neither of Tennessee’s two Senators are among 43 other bipartisan Senators from around the country who have currently cosponsored the bill.

I can’t begin to convey my sadness and disappointment in two men I have always believed in – Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker – and they too should be held accountable to those they vowed to represent, the people of Tennessee. It is plainly clear the overwhelming number of citizens of Tennessee abhor animal abuse, much less slathering a horse’s forelegs with a terrifying wrap of mustard oil, acid and other caustic materials, but that both Alexander and Corker are silent is mystifying and tragic.

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Let’s face it; Tennessee is the epicenter for horse abuse in the world, not just the United States, and were it not for a pocket of cancer centered in Shelbyville that promotes the sadistic and horrible method called soring to produce an unnatural gait among Tennessee Walking Horses, there would be absolutely no need to encumber our nation’s governing body with such a pointed measure directed at much less than one percent of our country’s horse owners.

Sadly, soring Tennessee Walkers has flourished for a half-century and today’s generation of scofflaws has become so blatant that just in the past two years felony convictions and a pending trial in Maryville have not only sickened the nation but have created such an outcry that Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield and Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen pushed a bill that will not only prosecute those who apply caustic substances to “sore” horses but also prohibit the grotesque stacks, or pads, painful pressure bands, and other so-called “action devices.”

A scurrilous group of Tennessee Walking Horse owners and trainers, collectively known as “Big Lickers” who are centered in Shelbyville, has openly defied the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Humane Society of the United States, and a lengthy list of other equine organizations for years. The “Lickers” are now at the forefront of defiantly opposing the USDA, the American Association of Veterinary Medicine and dozens of similar groups in what is akin to some radical blood-lust group that is roundly reviled by horsemen the world over.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Maggie Frazier

    It amazes me that with all the light & publicity on this abuse – that these so-called politicians are still opposing a bill to stop it. Do all of their constituents go along with this? To me their reputations are certainly down the drain! I wouldn’t want people of this caliber representing me!

    February 10, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    I pray hard that these Tennessee Congressmembers will finally see the error of their ways, not only for their anti-soring constituents, but for those voiceless and defenseless horses. Unfortunately, those who make the most money off those horses’ backs will be the very last to sign on to improve their lives. In the BL community, the more dramatic the agony, the bigger the paycheck. Mind you, that despicable yet tight-knit community includes not only Congressmembers, but judges, lawyers, police and fire chiefs, city council members, and school board members. They grew up with it, they know no other way. It seems ignorance really is bliss, in their case. They certainly can’t defend their actions intelligently.
    I’ll continue to sign petitions, send emails, faxes and letters, and make phone calls until the PAST Act becomes law.

    February 10, 2014
  • N.Laurel

    This merely shows what side their bread is buttered on. The Big Lickers have the congressmen at the word, “fundraiser”.

    February 10, 2014
  • Susan carter

    How could anyone want to make money at the expense of hurting an animal ? And to be proud of doing it ! Reprobate minds !

    February 10, 2014