Prove it you say… well try this on for size

…Reading this headline can easily make one’s blood boil and raise one’s blood pressure as surely our four footed friends deserve far better from us…

…Now re-cast this from animals to human beings who are victims of hate for exposing to you and me “atrocities” hidden from us for the sake of corporate profit$$$$ or protecting what is seen by Americans as iconic…

…Prove it you say… well try this on for size…

…How about ”WE” allow the National Football League (NFL) owners and their commissioner – Roger Goddell –  to threaten unmercifully a doctor who dares expose that his research that repeated hits to one’s head as happens in football can be root source for early and tragic death of a professional football player… see the movie … CONCUSSION

…How about a brilliant computer “geek” whose incredible ability startles our government’s experts…

…Whose maverick methods shock and defy the challenges they lay trap for him as he deftly dances around…

…Who comes to conclude the degree of surveillance perpetrated on American citizens is unwarranted, immoral and illegal…

…Who understands & acknowledges exposure guarantees he will labeled a traitor as our government can never admit publically they authorize these forms of surveillance, rendition and retaliation … see the movie SNOWDEN

…Or a newspaper – Boston Globe – and the willingness of their editor to make the time to carefully construct the despicable conspiracy between the Catholic Church – – especially in Boston – – but also worldwide and the degree of pedophilia and child abuse covered up, glossed over with the full knowledge of upper management Catholic clergy with a few $$$$ to fervent catholic believers …see the movie … SPOTLIGHT

Or the actions of a single mother who upon discovering the incredibly false information provided by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to resident in Hinkley, California about how “safe” hexavalent chromium is their water and the overwhelming evidence of degree of illness in the community … Champions even when threatened by PG&E compatriots with bodily harm and death garnering for them $331 million dollars from PG&E…  See the movie ERIN BROCKOVICH

Or perhaps the “grand daddy” of them all … the movie ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN … where two Washington Post reporters … too green perhaps to know better … defied, challenged the long reach of a sitting President – Richard Nixon- and his cohorts  to uncover and unravel what history calls WATERGATE…

…At some point America need ask and own up to what is involved when others risk EXOSING to us the seedy, sordid underbelly often the source of emotional, psychological or physical harm to us…

…Do they deserve protection or do we choose to throw them to the wolves or under the tire of the first bus…???

 

This Whistleblower Faced Death Threats for Exposing the Atrocities Committed on American Show Horses

The show industry looks the other way when trainers intentionally harm horses’ feet to make them step higher.

By Josh Balk / AlterNet  No American animal is more iconic than the horse. From colonizing the West through harsh terrain, to being used in wartime during land battles, to becoming the mode of transportation before the invention of the internal combustion engine, we’ve grown as a nation riding on the backs of horses.

Having taken so much from them over the centuries, the very least we could do in modern times is protect horses from cruelty. This is a story about an unexpected hero who is dedicating his life to doing just that.

Marty Irby grew up on a family farm in southern Alabama. In his community, horse enthusiasts flocked to the Tennessee walking horse industry, so he became involved at an early age. He began riding in competitions at the age of four and eventually won eight world championships and one world grand champion title.

After graduating from college and managing the country’s largest walking horse breeding farm, Irby earned himself a board seat at the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, the industry’s biggest trade group. A few years later, he became the youngest president in the organization’s history.

The association advocated for the players and companies within the industry and viewed animal advocates as a threat to their way of life, rather than an ally in protecting horses. The animal advocates pressed for reforms and for an end to a practice known as soring. Soring involves intentionally inflicting pain on the horses’ hooves to force an exaggerated gait in the show ring. When animal advocates expressed concerns about this mistreatment, the association viewed its role as protecting the industry against those allegations.

Irby carried on this tradition for a time. It was how previous association leaders had mentored him, and it was what his community wanted him to stand for. But he knew something wasn’t right. He began to witness improper practices perpetrated against the horses. He started becoming more aware of the rampant, mostly hidden atrocities in the industry. The most egregious is the hidden, yet standard practice of soring.

As Irby could no longer deny, horse trainers, behind closed doors, were applying caustic chemicals like mustard oil, diesel fuel and kerosene to the horses’ legs and feet. Another technique they use is to cut deeply into the horse’s hoof and tightly nail on a shoe. This creates agonizing pain in every step the horse takes, causing them to barely touch the ground when they step. This may make their walk appear majestic, but actually, the horses are trying desperately to protect their throbbing, burning feet.

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