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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pauline paine
  • 2 weeks ago
I cannot imagine the pain and suffering inflicted on these poor horses and for what. So that pompous, sadistic people can parade them around and show them off. Why is this not against the law and why is it still going? This is 2018 for goodness sake. What a poor reflection on the people and the country that upholds and tolerates this. SHAME ON YOU ALL. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.
Holly Ebert
  • 4 weeks ago
Amanda Fleming
  • 1 month ago
Eve Delmonte
  • 2 months ago
Hannah Wilkins-Mullings
  • 2 months ago
Animal cruelty needs to stop
Hannah Wilkins-Mullings
  • 2 months ago
Animal cruelty needs to stop
Lea Hirvikallio
  • 2 months ago
Keri Jankowski
  • 2 months ago
No animal should be made to suffer just for people's selfish needs
Darren Cook
  • 2 months ago
  • 4 months ago