Tennessee District Attorneys General Urged To Investigate Possible Horse Abuse

Tennesse Walker
Tennesse Walker

Tennessee Walker at a show. Photo by Alyson Wright

From The Chattanoogan
Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States has asked 11 Tennessee District Attorneys General to acquire and test all “foreign substance swab samples” collected from Tennessee walking show horses during 2012 and to prosecute violations of state animal cruelty laws. The samples are used to detect the presence of painful caustic chemicals that trainers apply to horses’ legs, in addition to other cruel training methods – collectively referred to as “soring” – to obtain the prized high-stepping gait of the walking horse.

“By prosecuting any violations that come to light through these samples under the new felony animal cruelty law, Tennessee will improve the chances that violators in the walking horse industry will think twice before abusing horses to cheat in show competitions,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS. “We encourage Tennessee District Attorneys General to demonstrate that illegal abuse and cruelty will not be tolerated, and that horse soring allegations will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Stacey

    Well it’s about time! A blind eye has been turned on this issue for way too long!

    December 17, 2012
  • Robynne Catheron

    I hope and pray the judges put the hammer down, and award the maximum legal sentence to every single one of the abusers. It’s the only way they will listen. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    December 17, 2012
  • Jackie

    I totally agree with Stacey! It’s been tolerated for way too long!!

    December 18, 2012
  • Mary Johnson

    I remember watching these magnificent animals back in the 1960’s at the all breed shows. Nothing about their movements was natural and it pained me to actually observe them in the show ring. Fifty years later, the abuse is continuing. I am done being “patient” with these trainers who commit these atrocities. Throw the book at them and bring them down financially. Also, why did the judges “pin” the horses that could barely put weight on their front feet? They are to blame, as well.

    December 18, 2012
  • Amy Miller

    I agree with all the above. Mary makes a good point I feel that the judges are to blame as well. Everybody can see that these horses are not walking normal and to win on the highest step? I think these shows should be judged in a different way. Stop looking for the most unnatural way to walk and judge according to the correct way horses walk. Their tails are not even naturally broken.

    December 19, 2012