Tag: Tennessee

Walking Horse Breed Shrinking in Numbers

Source: Written by Sue McClure as published in the Tennessean “Tennessee is getting a reputation as being a horse abuse state,’’ A man whose name is synonymous with Tennessee Walking Horses says the inhumane practice of soring horses must end — or the walking horse industry itself will […]

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Congress “has potential to end soring forever”

Source: HorseTalk.co.nz “To compromise would not free the Tennessee walking horse from this bondage forever…” Legislation before Congress aimed at toughening measures around soring could end the cruel practice forever, the immediate past-president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association says. Marty Irby was commenting on […]

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Breaking News: TN Gov to Veto Ag Gag Bill

Source: TN Newsroom “I am going to veto the legislation” NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam released the following statement regarding HB 1191/SB 1248: “Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Tennessee.  Farmers play a vital role in our state’s economy, heritage and history.  I understand their concerns […]

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Horse Slaughter Bill Dies Quiet Death in TN

Controversial bills to bring more horse slaughter facilities to Tennessee and protect religious expression in schools were tabled Monday, leaving no guarantees that either will come up again this year.

The sponsor of both, Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, asked that the proposals be “held on the desk,” a move that neither sends the bills back to committee nor reschedules another time for a vote. It leaves open the possibility that they can be discussed again but, in the short time remaining this legislative session, makes both long shots for passage.

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Horse Owners Assess Tornado Damage

Horse owners in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are assessing damage and calculating losses after a series of early spring tornadoes swept though several counties in those states last week.

According to the National Weather Service, 42 confirmed tornadoes tore through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio on March 2. The storms packed winds as high as 180 mph, knocking out utilities and flattening homes and barns. All told, the confirmed human death toll reached 39, according to the agency. The number of horses lost or injured as a result of the storms is still uncertain.

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