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GOP-sponsored horse soring bill advances in Senate 

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Its good to see some members of the GOP actually backing the PAST Act. This is definitely an item that there is no reason for a party line division. Its simple – stop torturing horses, pass the PAST Act.

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From: The Tennessean
By: Paul C. Barton

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte

WASHINGTON – A Senate panel Wednesday passed Republican-sponsored legislation to strengthen protections against the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.

By voice vote, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed an amended form of legislation offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. The new version made the Senate bill identical to the Prevent All Soring Tactics bill offered by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., in the House, which many in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry bitterly oppose.

Soring, widely seen as a cruel practice, involves the use of caustic chemicals, chains and special pads and other devices on a horse’s legs and hooves to produce a higher step.

The Whitfield and Ayotte bills propose to strengthen the Horse Protection Act of 1970. They would eliminate self-policing by the industry and ban the various devices designed to rub on a horse’s leg or irritate its hoof to cause the higher step.

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