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Houston Press: Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses? 

Tennessee Walking Horse

From Houston Press Blogs
By: Craig Malisow

Tennessee Walking HorseThe Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against “soring” — hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait.

The barbaric practice, which we’ll describe in a moment, was barred by legislation in 1970 — but in 1976, the law was amended to allow for industry self-regulation. Which, as we all know, is the most effective kind of regulation. The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act would allow USDA-assigned inspectors to conduct spot inspections and ban certain pain-inducing devices from being used on horses that have already been sored.

The Senate’s Commerce Committee — which features Texas’ very own Ted Cruz — will vote on this Wednesday. (You can let your voice be heard via the HSUS’ handy-dandy legislator shout-out form.)

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