Advocates push equine welfare in D.C.

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The thought that horse slaughter could at all be introduced into the upcoming agricultural budget is appalling. We can thank Oklahoma GOPer Rep. Markwayne Mullin for introduce amendments to bring horse slaughter back. Also this is the big push to get the PAST Act passed. The full article goes into more details about both. We need to stop both horse torture and prevent US horse slaughter. ~ HfH

By: Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer

horse behind bardsEquine advocates are working two fronts on Capitol Hill this week to protect America’s horses.Outside the Capitol supporters of humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses will rally for legislation, while inside lobbyists will be working the halls to prevent the inclusion of funding for horse slaughter in the budget bill.

At 1 p.m. today members of the American Walking Horse Alliance and supporters will gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool – with horses in tow – to call for an end to abusive practices in the show ring. The focus of the “Walk on Washington” is passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.

“Soring” is the practice of using chemicals and devices to make Tennessee Walking Horses step higher in the show ring.

While the use of chemicals is illegal, it is still legal to attach heavy pads to horses shoes and use chains on their feet in the quest for the perfect “Big Lick” – the gait shown in the image above.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Daryl

    This is an idiot to put in front of the congress to send horses to slaughter for some one to make money of these beautiful animals who through out our entire lives have worked for us, fought with our troops, pulled heavy plows, harvested fields, been in shows, rounded up cattle, shaped this country for what it is to day , worked and still work for the police department, to a horrible frighten end of their lives. What else dies he believe in ??????

    July 16, 2014
  • Lee

    Here we go again. I wish the OK voters would dump this jerk out of office but suspect they won’t.
    I am horrified by the number of “trainers” I know (always the most abusive ones) who support and advocate horse slaughter. I guess if a person is immoral enough to abuse horses in training then it follows that they would also believe that horse slaughter is humane.
    Makes me sick!!

    July 17, 2014