Sen. Rand Paul may back bill liked by Big Lick

Rand Paul

Government does serve a purpose, many of them actually…one is to protect us from threats both without and within. We would be all for the BLM, if they actually lived up to protecting the mustangs of the West, as was the intent of the Wild free-roaming Horses and Burros Act. It is not the government itself that we have a problem with. No, its when government protects other private interest groups such as cattlemen or in this case the Big Lick crowd …that is when government is no longer protecting us. Senator Rand Paul once again drags the big bad wolf word of “Government” out but this time when it comes to the PAST Act. Allowing the true wolves to “self-regulate” the Tennessee Walking Horse industry is the true evil here. ~ HfH

From: WBIR.com
By: Chas Sisk

Rand PaulU.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on a swing through Nashville that he may co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s proposal to regulate Tennessee Walking Horses, adding that an alternative plan by a fellow Kentucky lawmaker is too intrusive.

The first-term Republican senator from Bowling Green, Ky., said in an interview Monday that he has ruled out backing a bill filed by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., that would step up federal inspections of walking horses. He added that he still is studying legislation put forward by Blackburn, R-Brentwood, that would increase scientific testing of walking horses but not the frequency of manual inspections.

Blackburn’s bill, House Resolution 4098, is favored by Walking Horse trainers and has been co-sponsored by nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the six other Republicans from Tennessee.

Blackburn said she’s spoken with Paul and a few other senators about being the primary sponsor of her bill in the Senate. Paul said he would decide whether to sign onto the bill sometime this week.

“I think government can go too far, even for a good purpose,” Paul said. “No one wants to see horses tortured or mistreated in any way, but I think the Tennessee Walking Horse (industry) has come a long way in self-policing.”

Continue Reading

 

AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
6 Comments
  • Maggie Frazier

    Well, that certainly guarantees Rand Paul wont get my vote – for anything. He’s certainly aligning himself with some doozies!

    March 11, 2014
  • Suzanne Dunham

    What a load of crap! We need more policing to stop abuse, not less!

    March 11, 2014
  • He blew himself out of the water with this comment: ““I think government can go too far, even for a good purpose,” Paul said. “No one wants to see horses tortured or mistreated in any way, but I think the Tennessee Walking Horse (industry) has come a long way in self-policing.” WHAT PLANET HAS HE BEEN LIVING ON?! (OR WHAT ROCK HIDING UNDER…) Different day – same BS!

    March 11, 2014
  • Sue

    Self-policing, what a farce. Ask the people in West Virginia, near the chemical plant who polluted their drinking water, about self-regulation!

    March 11, 2014
  • Ronnie

    I am sickened. This “self-policing” of the Tennessee Waling horse will bring it all back to the utmost agony for the horses.
    I listened to Rand Paul on CNN la]st night. He is a little, um, “off.” Not quite all together, was my impression.

    March 11, 2014
  • Margaret

    I don’t get it. I’m sorry but doesn’t anyone see the brutality involved here? The Dirty LICKERS have NEVER policed themselves. Why should they start now?

    I won’t bore my fellow advocates outlining this bs. One thing I do make mention of is that at IEC in 2012 we saw a picture of a hoof–the horse had dislodged hoof from foot. Courtesy of you guessed it! The stacks that these horses are forced to endure.

    This is such a no brainer. I don’t get all the round around malarkey that is going on. Pass this act and help these horses.

    Idiots.

    March 12, 2014