Petition to stop the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

PETITION: Shut down the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to stop “Soring” horsesbr />
TARGET: United States Department of Agriculture

Tennessee Walking horse competitions reward the horse that essentially has the highest gait or “big lick” style. In order to achieve this extremely unnatural state many trainers resort to “soring.” The methods used for "soring" horses typically create as much pain as possible for the horse so that it picks its feet up as quickly and high as possible.
Some of the common ways to achieve this are to put chemicals like mustard oil, salicylic acid, kerosene, or diesel fuel on the horses' hooves and legs. Many trainers overtrim their hooves, wrap their legs in chains dipped in chemicals, and put nails and screws under the pad of the shoe.
Why mess with the fragile web of nature to fix a problem that doesn’t really exist to only go off and create an even potentially bigger problem? Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent.
At the 2013 Celebration, the USDA found that 67% of the participating horses tested positive for substances used to cover up "soring." As long as these competitions exist, trainers are going to try to get around the rules and continue to put horses in pain so that they win.


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Roxanne Georges
  • 3 days ago
I am a horse owner and have always been appalled at this practice and style of riding!! These people are sick...the riding is forced and ugly..God will not hold us blameless for exploiting His beautiful creatures!
Magdalena Dwornicka
  • 4 days ago
Diana Smith
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Eleanor Short
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Elizabeth Stewart-Jones
  • 2 weeks ago
Animal abuse for human gain is dispicable
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