Congress Must Act to End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses - Photo by Randall Saxton

Dear Humanitarian,

In 1970 Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to make illegal the abusive practice of "soring," in which unscrupulous trainers deliberately inflict pain on Tennessee Walking Horses' hooves and legs to exaggerate their high-stepping gait, known as "Big Lick," and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows. Unfortunately those same trainers have continued to abuse horses and skirt the law because of various shortcomings in the Horse Protection Act and limited resources from the federal government towards enforcement.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) would finally remove these shortcomings by amending the Horse Protection Act, to end the industry's failed system of self-policing, ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture, including requiring meaningful USDA enforcement. This legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 50 Senate co-sponsors and more than 260 House of Representatives co-sponsors.

Please email your senators and representative and urge them to cosponsor the PAST Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) today. You can send your senators an email through the Compassion Index by clicking here. Once you are on the Compassion Index page, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.

Contact Your Legislators - Congress Must Act to End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses

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Chris Heyde
Deputy Director, Government and Legal Affairs

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