AN OPEN LETTER:
Dear Panama City Beach City Council & Tourism Development Council:
When I first appeared before the Panama City Beach City Council on Feb. 11, 2016, I warned you that the “Big Lick” horse show at Frank Brown Park was based on Animal Cruelty.
Then Citizens of Bay County and Panama City and Panama City Beach and I appeared before you on February 25, 2016, and March 10, 2016, and in front of your City Hall on April 21, 2016, and we all warned you that by hosting the “Big Lick” horse show, and funding it with ($25,000.00) tourism tax dollars, that Panama City Beach would become the face of Animal Cruelty.
Now with the USDA today publishing on its website the following USDA Horse Protection Activity Report showing a shocking 40% disqualification rate by USDA Vets of the “Big Lick” (stacked pad shoes & chains) at the Panama City “Big Lick” Horse Show a/k/a Gulf Coast Trainer’s Charity Horse Show,
PANAMA CITY BEACH – “FACE OF ‘BIG LICK’ ANIMAL CRUELTY.
Yep, like it or not, Panama City Beach owns that 40% Animal Cruelty.
You allowed it to happen, and then once informed, you did nothing to stop it.
USDA HORSE PROTECTION ACTIVITY REPORT – PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
USDA APHIS DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR MS. BERNADETTE R. JUAREZ BACKS THE USDA VETS ENFORCING THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT
Sadly, something else that Panama City Beach also owns is the lawlessness which is a glaring part of “Big Lick” activity.
The City specifically owns the behavior of Panama City Beach “Big Lick” Horse Show official Mr. Todd Fisher when he threatened three local citizens with arrest when they exercised their free speech rights on April 21, 2016, handing out Animal Cruelty literature when handing out Anti-Soring literature at the public park.
The reason it owns this act of lawlessness is because you did not order your licensee, Horse Show organizer Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan, to comply with U. S. District Judge Mark E. Walker’s April 12, 2016, Order directing that there would be no restriction upon nor interference with constitutionally protected freedom of speech at the public Frank Brown Park. The City stood by when Ms. Milligan, on April 15, 2016, published “Sister’s Rules” which led to the instances of lawlessness and violence reported to you on April 28, 2016, and included in this letter.
PANAMA CITY BEACH POLICE REPORT DOCUMENTING HORSE SHOW OFFICIAL MR. TODD FISHER THREATENING SHOW PATRONS WITH ARREST AT PANAMA CITY “BIG LICK” HORSE SHOW ON APR. 21, 2016
The person who committed the assault on the citizen said: “You Can’t Pass Them Out!!! There’s no solicitation at this private ticketed event. I’ll Just Have You Arrested. I Am Going To Call The Police” — Citizens Campaign Representative, “Go Ahead. Do That.”
ASSAULT AGAINST HORSE SHOW PATRONS EXERCISING FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT PANAMA CITY “BIG LICK” HORSE SHOW ON APRIL 21, 2016
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN REPRESENTATIVE – SHOWING THE CITY COUNCIL WITH THE ANTI-SORING SHEET PROVIDED BY FOSH (FRIENDS OF SOUND HORSES) – WHICH WAS DISTRIBUTED AT THE FRANK BROWN PARK BY CITIZENS EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH
On behalf of “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves, and the over 80,000+ citizens from every state in America and over 125 foreign countries around the World:
who are represented by former “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Show Horse, Gen’s Ice Glimmer (videos now reaching almost 3,000,000 people).
HISTORIC VIDEOS DOCUMENTING THE PUBLIC BOYCOTTING PANAMA CITY BEACH “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY HORSE SHOW – SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
The “Home of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” needs to get on the right side of history.
An appeal to you was made by the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty on April 28, 2016:
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN APPEAL MADE TO PCB CITY COUNCIL – APRIL 28, 2016
You now have a golden opportunity if you would please consider adopting an Ordinance much like the draft below. It has been reviewed by the City Attorney, and there was no objection by counsel to the direction this approach would take IF the PCB chose to do so.
The Ordinance would positively deal with the “Image” problem created by PCB unfortunately hosting a “Big Lick” Horse Show and the Tourist Development Council providing $25,000.00 for it when it didn’t have all the facts before making the decision.
There’s much coming in the days ahead in Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, regarding the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty issue.
Each time it comes up, Panama City Beach will be the face of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, until you take proactive measures to extricate the City from this controversy. It is the place where 40% of the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses were disqualified at the PCB owned Frank Brown Park Horse Show by USDA Vets for Animal Cruelty.
You are a newly elected and seated City Council, and TDC.
Simply not having the “Big Lick” Show again, nor funding it, will not be enough to erase the stigma of hosting and funding an event featuring Animal Cruelty.
The following City Ordinance Draft will clearly allow Panama City Beach and Bay County to to receive the applause of the World, and go a long way to repair the damage to its image. Newly elected Mayor Mike Thomas emphasized the “Beach Image” as being paramount in his administration of the City for the next four years.
You now have a marvelous opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons by passing an Ordinance that Animal Lovers all over America and the World will praise.
The next City Council meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016.
I respectfully ask City Manager Mr. Mario Gisbert to put the matter of this proposed Ordinance on the Agenda for Council consideration at that meeting, and so the public can be heard on this matter, and the City Council can consider and vote on it.
Thank you for your consideration.
Clant M. Seay,
Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty
PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO BAN “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA, MODIFYING _______, EFFECTIVE ______ ___, 2016, TO NO LONGER PERMIT ANY HORSES TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE FRANK BROWN PARK WHICH ARE WEARING ACTION DEVICES (CHAINS) AND PADDED PERFORMANCE PACKAGES WITH A METAL HOOF BAND, PER PCB MUNICIPAL CODE, SEC. 5 ANIMALS, ARTICLE I, SEC. 5-1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS PROHIBITED; SEC. 5-93 – PERFORMING ANIMAL EXHIBITIONS
WHEREAS, the City of Panama City Beach, Florida, recognizes that the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation), which is the national governing body for equestrian sport in the United States since 1917, labels the use of chains, padded performance packages, and other so-called action devices used on Tennessee Walking Horses to produce an exaggerated, so-called “Big Lick” gait as “cruelty and abuse”, USEF Rule GR 839n, and further that the USEF prohibits the application of said chain action devices, padded performance packages, and other so-called action devices sometimes used on Tennessee Walking Horses to produce an exaggerated, so-called “Big Lick” gait, and bans them from competitions licensed by the United States Equestrian Federation;
WHEREAS, the City of Panama City Beach, Florida, recognizes that the 2015 USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Horse Protection Activity Reports for the 10 day 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration evidences that USDA Vet Inspectors disqualified an alarming 35% of Big Lick (padded) Tennessee Walking Horses for alleged Horse Protection Act Violations (Animal Cruelty);
WHEREAS, the City of Panama City Beach, Florida, recognizes that the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) have adopted a position supporting a ban on action devices (chains) and padded performance packages on Tennessee Walking Horses to protect the health and welfare of the horse. The two groups say banning chain action devices from use on Tennessee Walking Horses “reduces the motivation to apply a chemical irritant to the pastern which is cruel and abusive to the horses;
WHEREAS, the City of Panama City Beach, Florida finds that it will be in the best interest of this municipality, and in keeping with MUNICIPAL CODE, SEC. 5 ANIMALS, ARTICLE I, SEC. 5-1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS PROHIBITED; SEC. 5-93 – PERFORMING ANIMAL EXHIBITIONS to not allow any horses to be exhibited on city owned property while wearing chain action devices, or padded performance packages with metal hoof bands such as those used for the exhibition of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA:
SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated into this law as statements of legislative intent.
SECTION 2. From and after the effective date of this Ordinance Section _____ is created to read as follows:
MUNICIPAL CODE, SEC. 5 ANIMALS, ARTICLE I, SEC. 5-1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS PROHIBITED; SEC. 5-93 – PERFORMING ANIMAL EXHIBITIONS is amended to not allow any horses to be exhibited on city owned property while wearing chain action devices, or padded performance packages with metal hoof bands such as those used for the exhibition of Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses.
SECTION 3. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are repealed to the extent of such conflict.
SECTION 4 ———–Codification Clause ——————–
SECTION 5 This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED at the regular meeting of the City Council of Panama City Beach, Florida, this the ____ day of __________, 2016. _______________________________ MAYOR
Posted on pcbgov.com _______________