New TV Ads Call for Passage of Federal Bill to End Horse Soring

HSUS ad asks the public to call their federal lawmakers and ask them to pass the bill.

Finally bringing information on the PAST Act to the people! It is a wonderful thing to see. We can only hope this stirs the public into some much needed outrage against the torture of horse soring. Be sure to share this page where you can view the video with your friends ~ HfH

From: Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States’ national ad campaign begins in Kentucky, urges support of H.R. 1518/S. 1406, the PAST Act

A new television advertising campaign urges viewers to call their federal lawmakers and ask them to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406. The ads began airing in Kentucky on Sunday, urging viewers to call Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and ask them to support the PAST Act. The ad campaign will expand to other media markets around the country in the coming weeks.

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HSUS ad asks the public to call their federal lawmakers and ask them to pass the bill.

HSUS ad asks the public to call their federal lawmakers and ask them to pass the bill.

The commercial is the latest effort by The Humane Society of the United States to urge Congress to pass the bill that would end soring, the cruel practice of inflicting pain to horses’ legs and feet to force them to perform an exaggerated high-stepping gait—known as the “Big Lick”—at horse shows. The Senate bill has been introduced by their Republican colleague Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and it has 51 cosponsors. The House bill has 268 cosponsors.

The bill will fortify an existing federal law, the Horse Protection Act, which was passed in 1970 to eliminate the abuse of Tennessee walking horses and other similar breeds, but is so weak that cheating and violations have been rampant for decades. The PAST Act would end the failed industry self-policing system; ban the show-ring use of chains, stacks, and excessively heavy shoes (devices that are part and parcel of the soring process); and increase penalties for violators.

Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The HSUS, said: “Kentucky is the heart of horse country in the U.S., and Senators McConnell and Paul should support this critical legislation to protect horses from the cruelty of soring. No other breeds are subjected to this kind of intentional form of torture, and it is a disgrace that it exists anywhere. Only an upgrade of the federal law will put an end to the horrible horse abuse that still plagues the ‘Big Lick’ show world.”

The “Big Lick” segment of the industry worked with Rep. Marsha Blackburn to introduce a sham bill that would protect horse soring and further complicate USDA enforcement of the anachronistic law on the books. Senator Paul recently told one newspaper he was considering introducing a companion bill in the Senate.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Senator Paul would only bring shame on himself to stand in the way of legislation to root out this form of malicious and intentional cruelty to horses. It is time for him to join a majority of his House and Senate colleagues and stand against people who put burning chemicals on the legs of horses to cause them pain and misery in order to win ribbons for themselves.”

In 2011, an HSUS investigation into Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell’s stable in Collierville, Tenn., revealed shocking cruelty to horses to a national audience, which led to the introduction of the PAST Act. The investigator recorded horses being whipped, kicked, shocked in the face and intentionally burned with caustic chemicals. The new commercial shows footage from this investigation.

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    Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] (introduced 3/12/2013) Cosponsors (27)
    Latest Major Action: 3/12/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. COSPONSORS(27), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

    Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] – 10/29/2013
    Sen Begich, Mark [AK] – 7/8/2013
    Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] – 4/9/2013
    Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] – 5/16/2013
    Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] – 5/20/2013
    Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] – 4/9/2013
    Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] – 9/17/2013
    Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] – 7/10/2013
    Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] – 5/14/2013
    Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] – 4/17/2013
    Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] – 3/12/2013
    Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] – 4/25/2013
    Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] – 7/23/2013
    Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] – 5/23/2013
    Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] – 6/27/2013
    Sen Levin, Carl [MI] – 10/8/2013
    Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] – 9/10/2013
    Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 3/21/2013
    Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] – 5/16/2013
    Sen Reed, Jack [RI] – 7/9/2013
    Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] – 6/20/2013
    Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] – 10/11/2013
    Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 5/6/2013
    Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] – 7/9/2013
    Sen Udall, Tom [NM] – 10/16/2013
    Sen Warren, Elizabeth [MA] – 5/6/2013
    Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 4/9/2013

    March 18, 2014
  • Callie83

    I think that banning any type of show and have the horses shown ‘barefoot’ as they were originally ridden would go a long way to protect these horses. These horses are incredibly gentle much to their detriment.

    If they were like any of my rescue horses these so called trainers would get a immediate Cow Kick that would send them flying.

    Thoroughbreds don’t ever hold back and that is part of their strength. I say do away with ANY type of shoe for these lovely Walking Horses.

    March 19, 2014
  • Marcia

    I can’t believe this is still going on. I hope the law passes, does not contain loopholes, and will be enforced. I remember writing letters to Congress urging passage of the first law, which was passed clear back in 1970!!! Still, the horses are being harmed. Unbelievable!

    March 19, 2014