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Man, the articles are piling up! It's amazing how hard people are working to research this information and expose how soring is not only still the main form of training TWHs, but also encouraged and support by the industry.
These articles explain how abuse and corruption run deep.
5/29/2012 - Jackie McConnell evidently kept TWH abuse all in the family
5/30/2012 - Top walking horse trainers have history of soring
Here, Roy Exum talks about the evidence piling up that shows how the industry wants to keep the sore horse in the ring.
5/31/2012 - Roy Exum: It Gets ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’
Still don't think the industry is all for the sore horse? Take a look at this:
5/31/2012 - Whistleblower Who Alleged Horse 'Torture' Threatened With Expulsion from Breeders Group
5/30/2012 - Complaint filed against outspoken critic of horse soring
So basically, this tells me that it's okay to TALK about trying to end soring, but when someone who's on the board actually DOES work to end it, they get kicked out. Huh. And the member who filed the complaint, Kathy Zeis, has a few HPA violations of her own. She also resigned from WHOA when they said they were going to sign the USDA mandated penalties.
This is a good editorial that talks about why we need more money in the HPA program to continue to get rid of people like McConnell, who absolutely are still out there soring horses.
6/1/2012 - Editorial: More funding needed for walking horse protection
And another editorial about how "those crocodile tears don’t work anymore."
Here's a fascinating article written by Oscar Aerdts in Belgium about how the industry tried to "unite" Europe concerning the TWH.
8/25/2008 - TWHBEA removes ETWHA website (Part 1)
8/28/2008 - TWHBEA removes ETWHA site (Part 2)
So it seems that you need to support the stacked horse in order to be considered "united" with TWHBEA.
Our new advocate for the sound horse, Roy Exum, wrote this wonderful article. Quite frankly, it nearly made me cry.
6/2/2012 - Roy Exum: I'm No Courageous Hero
To us you are, Roy...you don't know for how long many of us have been fighting and have continued to be pushed down. But this new, clear evidence of soring and with the help from people like you, we actually have a strong chance of seeing real change. Thank you so much for your help.