Taking a brief break from the “Kitty Log” to share this update. My followers know how much I have hated the soring of the show Tennessee Walking horses, and how that was part of the reason I wrote my first book: The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot.  The Government is slow to pass the PAST ACT which would put more teeth in the 1973 Horse Protection Act, which was enacted to help the wild horses and prevent the abuse of the Tennessee Walking horse. However, continued PUBLIC scorn and activism against this horrible way to ‘train’ horses, has resulted in positive things. Here is one of them. So please keep urging your congress folks to pass the PAST ACT (It never made it to the floor for votes last year in spite of having enough congressmen signed on. We are trying again this year),  and join with others fighting this abuse in any way we can.

HAGYARD VET RESIGNS FROM “VAC” (VETERINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE) OF TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

LEXINGTON, KY – Responding to a world-wide outcry to not provide legitimacy to the Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  Hagyard Equine Medical Institute announced this morning that Dr. Robert Hunt has resigned from the “VAC” Veterinary Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

“Due to personal and professional conflict, Dr. Robert Hunt has resigned from his volunteer position on the Veterinary Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

ROBERTJHUNTER02Here is the email from HAGYARD Operation Manager Lisa Floyd to Change.Org Petitioner Ms. Laura Ousley of Knoxville and www.billygoboy.com confirming same:

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This marks the second year that a Scandal has enveloped the VAC (Veterinary Advisory Committee) of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.    In 2014,  first www.billygoboy.com,  then followed  by  The Tennessean newspaper, it was revealed that VAC and Celebration officials perpetrated a fraud upon the public that former Budweiser Clydesdale Vet Dr. Dallas O. Goble was part of the VAC.   When contacted by www.billygoboy.com,  Dr. Goble emphatically said he was not, and added,  “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole”.

Now in 2015,  it appears that another lie was told  by VAC officials to entice Dr. Robert Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to become part of the Celebration’s VAC.

Within four days of being apprised of the truth surrounding the VAC and the“Horsemen’s Leadership Council” of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration,  Dr. Robert Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute resigned from the VAC.

Ms Laura Ousley of Knoxville, Tennessee started a Change.Org Petition on Monday, July 13:

https://www.change.org/p/stuart-e-brown-ii-dvm-g-kent-carter-dvm-chris-welton-ceo-please-ask-hagyard-equine-medical-institute-to-cut-all-ties-with-the-animal-cruelty-of-the-big-lick-big-lie-tennessee-walking-horse-national-celebration

It was joined by over 1,000 persons in four days.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF),USEF01

which has Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as its Official Pharmacy, was obviously chagrined by being associated with the Animal Cruelty of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse championed by the Horsemen’s Leadership Council of The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

It didn’t take long for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to grant Ms. Laura Ousley’s request to

PLEASE ASK “HAGYARD EQUINE MEDICAL INSTITUTE” TO CUT ALL TIES WITH THE ANIMAL CRUELTY OF THE “BIG LICK, BIG LIE” TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION

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