The articles about the hearing are pouring in, and Billy Go Boy has done the hard work for me! Thanks, BGB!
However, I do want to point out one very upsetting article.
Marty Irby, our new champion for the TWH who has experienced soring his entire life first hand, contacted the police about a horribly threatening text message sent to him on his phone. Read the article for more.
Marty testified at the hearing on November 13, explaining about his own experience within a lifetime of dealing with soring. Since coming out against soring and working so hard to help end it, Marty's wife has left him, his parents won't speak to him, an entire industry has sent him death threats. He has had to move out of Tennessee to keep himself safe.
Here's the comment posted on the above article by his father, Ty Irby.
Here is a picture and two videos Ty Irby posted on his Facebook page. These were taken BEFORE Marty decided to leave the industry. (You can click the photos to make them larger to see the comments.)
(I should probably point out that a lot of those within the TWH industry believe that Marty is being paid by the HSUS to do this. Believe me, he is not. But they're going to spread whatever lies they want to try to justify that making money off of abusing animals is okay. And never mind that Marsha Blackburn was paid $70,000 by the BL industry to fight to stop the PAST Act...)
Please note: I AM NOT ENDORSING GOING ON IRBY'S PAGE TO FLAME HIM. I discourage such actions because it gets us nowhere. People like Ty are not going to be convinced to make changes based on nasty comments on his page. These have been taken as screenshots from Facebook, and readers can make their own decisions about what's been posted here.
The reason I post this is so people can see how the people within the TWH industry react when "one of their own" makes the choice to admit they've done wrong and they need to help stop it. In my opinion, it's clear that money and fame are more important than family values and ethics. And in my opinion, it's also proof that those who abuse animals or who support animal abuse have no problem projected that abuse on their fellow human beings.