On July 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to protect horses from the cruel practice of soring. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693/S. 1007, will address inadequacies in the current law by amending the Horse Protection Act and improving protections for horses. The bill will require horse show organizers who engage inspectors 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.
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 obscene abuse. On to the Senate!
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email your U.S. senators and urge them to cosponsor this bill (S. 1007) and move it toward passage. You’ll also be contacting your representative to acknowledge their vote on the PAST Act. (Our system will generate a letter of thanks if your rep voted in its favor—if your rep voted against the PAST Act, they will be asked to reconsider their position.)
On behalf of the horses, thank you for your help!