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
Nashville: looks like i’ll have info soon for anyone willing to volunteer at the fairgrounds caring for the 84 rescued horses. email me if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org Help is needed cleaning stalls (One person holds horse and other person shovels poop) If you don’t know horses you can still help with the pitch fork…let me know and i’ll contact you as soon as i know more. If you know anyone with square bale hay they can spare i’ll come pick it up and bring it to the fairgrounds
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.
thanks dan for alerting me to this…
Dear Tennessee Advocates,
Introduced by State Rep. Frank Nicely and State Senator Mike Faulk, Tennessee HB 1428/SB 1898 is a bill that will encourage, sanction and promote horse slaughter plants within your state. The ASPCA strongly opposes this legislation, which unfortunately is moving quickly through the committee process in both the House and the Senate. The bill will likely face a final vote in both bodies soon.
There are currently no horse slaughter plants in the United States—but if this bill passes, Tennessee could soon earn the dubious distinction of becoming the horse-killing capital of our nation. This bill is not only bad for horses—its passage would be terrible for Tennessee’s reputation, ecology and tourism industry.
What You Can Do
It is crucial that you contact your state representative and senator right away and tell them that you oppose HB 1428/SB 1898. Please take a few minutes to email your state legislators today to ask them to oppose this inhumane bill. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to send your letter.
Thank you, Tennessee, for taking action for animals.
This is Rosie. My sister’s pony had her baby last night at 12:45am
Ain’t she sweet?