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April 28, 1988

Hurray for the great article on the abuse of the Tennessee walking horse.

I attended the animal regulation hearing and watched while these courageous women spoke with such authority and facts regarding these documented abuses to the breed.

The breed officials, trainers and owners, in clone-like behavior, chanted the same old party line--"The horses aren't sore, pads and chains don't 'sore' "-- ad nauseam .

It was unethical, to say the least, for the represented veterinarian associations to testify on behalf of an industry that is out of control and is specifically monitored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of recorded abuses.

Let's hope the city passes an ordinance abolishing all pads and all action devices on any breed showing with animated action--specifically the pathetic Tennessee walking horse.

MARY FARMER

Venice

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