Houston Press: Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?
From Houston Press Blogs
By: Craig Malisow
The 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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