Politics Shouldn't Be More Important Than Protecting Horses - And Response

Friday, April 04, 2014

Open letter to Senators Alexander and Corker and Rep. Chuck Fleishmann,

The cruelty to the Tennessee Walking horses has been happening for years. It is well known by many trainers and owners who stick their heads in the sand and hope it will go away. Since the first federal law was passed in the 1970's the major effort has been finding ways to bypass the laws, not to enforce them. Over the years the effort has been letting the fox's guard the hen house. We now have a great opportunity to give these beautiful animals true protection. 

This protection is in the form of House Bill 1518 and Senate Bill 1406. In regards to support of these bills I am ashamed of my elected officials not supporting these bills and protecting these beautiful  animals. I am only one voter with a few friends and will make this statement to my elected officials. If you can't support these strong measures then I can't vote for any of you. I realize it is only one but I have to live with myself. Maybe you can show your grandchildren pictures of these horses and explain why politics is more important than protection for the horses.

FYI: One of reasons the horses have such a "Big Lick" is because the pain in the front hooves is bad they are trying to walk on their back feet.

N.D. Kennedy Sr.

Ooltewah

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Politics shouldn't be more important than protecting the middle class either, but we can see how that's worked out over the last 40 years. 

Horses?  They don't stand a chance.

Herb Montgomery


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