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Randy Hultgren Urged to Co-Sponsor Bill to Stop Horse Abuse 

horse soring

Why is there such a push right now to get the PAST Act passed? The reason is pretty clear when you realize that our Congress has barely passed any laws this year – you can see that here. Historically the passing of laws declines after the summer break…which is less than 2 weeks away. Many say its due to the “less is more” mentality of the conservatives when it comes to our government right now. Without laws to protect the innocent, more evil will be done. “Less is more” is not good in this case. Keep the pressure up on your representatives to get the PAST Act made into law. We can do this! ~ HfH

From: Huntley Patch
By: Dennis Anderson

horse soringU.S. Congressional Candidate Dennis Anderson is urging his opponent, Representative Randy Hultgren, to co-sponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013/H.R. 1518. This widely bi-partisan legislation would crackdown on the abusive practice of “horse soring”.

Widely used within the Tennessee Walking Horse show world, soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s limbs to produce an exaggerated, artificial gait prized by some shows and judges. Common soring practices include the use of caustic chemicals on the horses’ legs, sharp objects driven into their hooves, chains, grinding the sole to expose sensitive tissues, and other devices and techniques that make it painful for the horse to step down.

Although 68 percent of the House is now on board as co-sponsors, H.R 1518 remains bottled up in the Energy and Commerce Committee. In order to get the bill to the floor before the upcoming Congressional recess, only a few additional Republican co-sponsors are needed to achieve the required ’majority of the majority’.

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