Thanks for your note and thanks for volunteering at the fairgrounds. We
are in the process of drafting legislation that will make it a felony to
withhold food and/or water from any animal. We are not touching the tax
exemption nor changing the classification of the animals. It makes no
sense to have different penalties for “livestock” and companion animals.
I would respectfully ask that you contact your legislators – both House
and Senate – and ask that they support our bill. If you have friends or
family in other parts of the state, ask them to do so as well.
We have your contact information and will keep you updated as we move
through the legislative process. I hope to have the bill drafted by the
end of next week and will post it for everyone that is on our contact
list to see. It will take everyone working together to get this bill
Again, thanks for the note and thanks for your time at the fairgrounds.
State Representative – District 53
Emily & I stopped by the Nashville fairgrounds today to see how the humane society was doing with 84 horses that were seized from a farm in Cannon County Tuesday. I spoke with a woman from Indiana who is a volunteer. She said the horses are doing better than expected. They are eating a mixture of sweet feed and senior feed spread out over several hours. Someone donated 100 salt blocks and I saw square bales and shavings piled next to the barn. The flea market is going on this weekend so for right now, they have no place to store donated feed until Monday.
In a few weeks, the out of town volunteers will be wanting to go back home and that is when they will be needing help from local people. The horses will eventually be up for adoption. For status info and adoption info go to: http://www.vea-tnhorserescue.org/
The other thing we discussed were the Tennessee laws that protect horses and how inadequate they are. She said the law would only change if hundreds of us called our representatives and told them how outraged we are. The owner will only be subject to a misdemeanor in this case. He could also go right back to buying horses. Horses are simply treated as livestock here and not protected like dogs and cats. I think this is wrong and intentionally starving horses should be in the same category as fighting dogs, abusing dogs and cats and other companion animals.
A few weeks or a month and that’s when they are really going to be needing the help. If you can and want to do something contact tennessee horse rescue next week sometime and let them know. 84 horses need whatever we can do for them right now. It’s hard to change the world but we can do something in our little corner of it.