December 4, 2013
A Blount County, Tenn., grand jury has indicted four people suspected of animal cruelty by “soring” Tennessee walking horses by applying acid or other caustic substances to force them to perform the high-stepping “Big Lick” gait. The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee prosecutors for continuing to pursue criminal charges after an investigation into a Maryville, Tenn., training barn earlier this year.
August 29, 2013
With an eye toward a sound and versatile future for competitive Tennessee walking horses, The Humane Society of the United States announced the “Now That’s a Walking Horse!” grant and recognition program.
August 21, 2013
On opening day of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s 75th anniversary event, The Humane Society of the United States is announcing a new reward program to help expose corrupt activities within the industry. The HSUS will pay up to $5,000 for any tip leading to an arrest and conviction for bribery, intimidation, fraud or other corrupt activities related to the inspection of Tennessee walking horse shows.
August 19, 2013
The HSUS is tackling horse soring in the Tennessee walking horse show circuit through better laws and public pressure
July 30, 2013
A U.S. District Court in Texas upheld federal regulations to prevent the practice of “soring,” in which trainers abuse horses to force them to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions.
July 9, 2013
Former Hall of Fame Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell and two associates have entered guilty pleas to charges of abusing horses in violation of the Tennessee cruelty to animals statute.
June 7, 2013
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has served arrest warrants for two individuals suspected of violating Tennessee law against horse soring, an abusive practice involving the application of caustic chemicals and devices to the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses to deliberately inflict pain and force the horses to perform the artificial high-stepping ‘Big Lick’ gait for the show ring.
May 13, 2013
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill, SB 1248/HB 1191, after hearing from thousands of Tennesseans urging the veto and a report deeming the bill constitutionally suspect by the Tennessee Attorney General.
May 9, 2013
USDA Indicates 76 Percent of Horses Tested at 2012 Walking Horse Celebration Found Positive for Foreign Substances
In contrast to the two foreign substance violations reported by the Tennessee walking horse industry at the 2012 National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s testing revealed that 145 horses out of 190 tested, or 76 percent, were found positive.
May 3, 2013
Bill to Criminalize Animal Cruelty Whistlblowers Reaches Governor’s Desk, Continues to Draw Criticism
As the anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill SB1248 was finally transmitted to Gov. Bill Haslam for his decision – two weeks after being passed by the legislature – more than 300 Tennessee clergy joined First Amendment and animal welfare groups urging a veto