Congress should work together to prohibit abuse of show horses

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville

Rep. Whitfield is still fighting to get the PAST Act through Congress. May his colleagues read this and join in on supporting HR 1518. ~ HfH

From: The Hill
By: Representative Ed Whitfield

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville

On April 11, 2013, I, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.), introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518, to end the horrific practice of “soring” Tennessee Walking, Racking and Spotted Saddle horses.

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ feet to achieve the high stepping “big lick” pain-based gait that is sought after by many violators of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970.

Endorsements of the PAST Act include the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and veterinary medical associations from all 50 states.

The Senate companion version of the bill, S. 1406, introduced by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), was introduced on July 31, 2013, and currently has 57 bipartisan co-sponsors including Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), just to name a few. This legislation has cleared committee and is waiting for a vote. Today, the House version has 305 co-sponsors and is also awaiting further action.

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  • Barbara Warner

    Comments needed on article to support the PAST Act.

    August 1, 2014