Did you know there are some trainers who compete in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions that still subject their horses to “soring?” This involves intentionally inflicting intense pain on a horse’s legs and hooves to illicit an exaggerated gait. Although soring has been illegal since 1970, weak enforcement and regulations have allowed this cruel practice to persist. The PAST Act will address these gaps by amending the Horse Protection Act and improving protections for horses.
This bill would:
- Require horse show organizers to use only USDA-licensed inspectors.
- Prohibit the use of action devices that intensify the pain caused by soring and increase the penalties for violations.
On July 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed this bill. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it past the Senate. However, given our current momentum around equine protective issues, we hope to pass the PAST Act this year!
Majestic Tennessee Walking Horses have long been cherished, both for their natural and unique four-step gait and their gentle dispositions. The PAST Act will protect these treasured horses from unscrupulous trainers and abuse.
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email your U.S. senators and ask them to cosponsor the PAST Act today!