Advocates push equine welfare in D.C.
The thought that horse slaughter could at all be introduced into the upcoming agricultural budget is appalling. We can thank Oklahoma GOPer Rep. Markwayne Mullin for introduce amendments to bring horse slaughter back. Also this is the big push to get the PAST Act passed. The full article goes into more details about both. We need to stop both horse torture and prevent US horse slaughter. ~ HfH
By: Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
Equine advocates are working two fronts on Capitol Hill this week to protect America’s horses.Outside the Capitol supporters of humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses will rally for legislation, while inside lobbyists will be working the halls to prevent the inclusion of funding for horse slaughter in the budget bill.
At 1 p.m. today members of the American Walking Horse Alliance and supporters will gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool – with horses in tow – to call for an end to abusive practices in the show ring. The focus of the “Walk on Washington” is passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
“Soring” is the practice of using chemicals and devices to make Tennessee Walking Horses step higher in the show ring.
While the use of chemicals is illegal, it is still legal to attach heavy pads to horses shoes and use chains on their feet in the quest for the perfect “Big Lick” – the gait shown in the image above.