USA: Protect Show Horses from Torture

H.R. 5441/S. 2295—Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps Steve Cohen (D-TN), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL); Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Mark Warner (D-VA)

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 elicit 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.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed this bill in 2019. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it past the Senate that session. 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 members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the PAST Act today!