Vet Board Sued Over Horse Massage Threats

Martha Stowe
Martha Stowe

Nashville, Tennessee – As reported on February 19, the Tennessee State Veterinarian Board threatened two horse massage therapists with jail and fines if they did not cease and desist massaging horses.  The Beacon Center sent a letter to the board, on the women’s behalf, threatening a lawsuit if the board did not rescind their decision.

Laurie Wheeler
Laurie Wheeler

Laurie Wheeler, one of the massage therapists who received the cease and desist letters, went back and forth with the board, but was unable to come to an agreement.  The board declared she would be unable to even give massages for free.  A lawsuit was filed Thursday, challenging the board decision.

“The Vet Board is now requiring a license to rub a horse. It is time we stop criminalizing compassion,” Braden Boucek of The Beacon Center said. “What’s next, a license to pet your dog or feed your cat?”

Martha Stowe
Martha Stowe

Hannah Cox, of the Beacon Center, explained how absurd the law is applied.  “In Tennessee, you can do all sorts of other things to horses without a license, including artificial insemination, you can shoe a horse, you can even castrate a horse without a license, but you can’t massage a horse.”

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