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Stopping horse torture 

Ed Whitfield

There is still time to contact your representatives. In two more weeks, its going to get much tougher. If you have not done so, please look up your federal representative, then call or email them stressing how much we need the PAST Act to made into law. Find your representative here. ~ HfH

From: The Courier Journal

Ed Whitfield

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield,, primary sponsor of PAST Act

You’d think a measure to end torture of helpless animals is something even Congress could agree on.

And in fact, in this era of utter dysfunction, most members do agree with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Western Kentucky Republican, that the practice of “soring” Tennessee Walking horses is wrong.

Mr. Whitfield, himself a horse owner, is the primary sponsor of the bill known as “Prevent All Soring Tactics,” an awful practice by some unscrupulous owners of injuring the animals’ legs and hooves to enhance the show horses’ famous high-stepping gait known as the “Big Lick.”

Pain, caused by caustic substances on the horses’ legs or sharp objects driven into their hooves, forces them to step higher. It also wins ribbons and cash prizes for owners willing to engage in this animal abuse.

Mr. Whitfield and 303 members of the 435 members in the House have signed on to the bill aimed at eliminating the practice still prevalent in the industry despite efforts to curb it. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, is among House co-sponsors.

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