"Ag-Gag" Bill Is Aimed At Hiding Horse Abuse

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Senator Gardenhire apparently has no knowledge with what happens to Tennessee Walking Horses that is caused by some trainers. The goal for years has been "blue ribbon no matter the cost." I wish the HUS would print photos of many horses hoofs that have been soared so people could see what the senator supports. The senator is like the president, to take away this terrible tragic act of cruelty he puts up a smoke screen. He sees this like the former Secretary of State with so "What does it matter now?" It seems Senator Gardenhire favors this cruel, cruel treatment of horses just to win a blue ribbon.

I have been a Republican for years and this is one of the times it is hard to admit that I am. When the senator comes up for re-election I will put in extra effort to try to defeat him, I might go as far as voting for a Democrat before voting for a person with no feelings or standards on cruelty. Might I suggest senator that you and those who support your view get a bottle of "oil of mustard" and coat your ankles with it and don't remove it for several days. You then will know the truth what the horses go through.

Anyone with common sense knows this bill is to give protection to those who abuse the show horses. I believe anyone who denies this is not smart enough to be stupid. One last thing, I will ask the Republican office holders I know if they support Gardenhire and if so then I can no longer support them. Our newspaper and news media should ask each of our elected officials, senators and representatives, if they personally support this atrocious bill and list them with their stand.

N. D. Kennedy Sr. .

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