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Call for Congress to pass anti-soring bill 

thermo imaging show damage from soring on a horse

We need to get this passed. The end of July is fast approaching and Congress will recess… action needs to be taken now before the momentum is lost. ~ HfH

From: Horse Talk

thermo imaging show damage from soring on a horse

Thermographic image shows excessive warmth (seen as red and orange colors), which may be caused by inflammation from soring. The pattern seen is consistent with soring using a chemical agent. © USDA

Congress is being urged by the American Horse Council to pass a well-supported bill that aims to clamp down on the illegal practice of horse soring.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, or PAST Act (S.1406/H.R.1518), recently surpassed 300 co-sponsors in the House and has 57 co-sponsors in the Senate.

It is supported by almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. It has also been approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is one of the most widely supported and bi-partisan bills in Congress.

The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in a bid to end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses.

Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for more than 40 years, this cruel practice, involving the use of chemical and mechanical irritants on the lower legs of horses, is said to still be used by some in the performance or “big lick” segments of the walking horse industry.

“Very few bills in Congress ever achieve this level of support and this is an important milestone,” council president Jay Hickey said.\

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