Wide bipartisan support for horse anti-soring bill
There is hope that this will be the year the horse soring will be made illegal. Keep up the communication with your representatives. Make sure they know you support the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act. ~ HfH
From: Lexington Herald-Leader
By: Janet Patton
In a bid to encourage Washington to act on legislation to fight horse abuse known as soring, advocates for Tennessee walking horses plan a “Walk On Washington.”
On Wednesday, the grassroots All American Walking Horse Alliance will gather in front of the U.S. Capitol to support a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, that would ban the use of pads and chains for achieving the exaggerated show gait known as the “Big Lick.”
That gait is associated with illegal and abusive training methods — including painting chemicals on horses’ front legs to make them sensitive and putting objects under the horse’s front shoes to cause pain — all to encourage the horse to lift its feet higher.
Whitfield says his bill, known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, or PAST Act, would crack down on these practices and strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.