WASHINGTON (July 10, 2014) —A federal bill to protect Tennessee walking horses from the cruel practice known as “soring” reached a congressional milestone by earning its 300th cosponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R.1518, now is cosponsored by 114 Republicans and 186 Democrats. The parallel Senate bill, S. 1406, has the bipartisan support of 57 cosponsors (see full cosponsor list).
Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “This critical legislation has more bipartisan support than nearly any other bill in Congress. We strongly urge House leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and pass the PAST Act. The abuse of Tennessee walking horses has gone on long enough, and so has Congress’ delay in acting on this bill.”
The legislation is endorsed by a broad coalition of major horse industry and animal protection groups.