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"The Big Lick" Photo © The Humane Society of the United States
Two veterinarians serving in Congress brought a bill forward with the goal of eradicating the practice of soring horses. Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) re-introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 (PAST).
Soring is the act of causing pain to a horse via chemicals or action devices in order to change the horse’s natural gait. Although illegal under federal law, the method continues to be used by some in the “performance” or “big lick” segments of the Walking Horse industry. The industry also utilizes a method of “self-policing,” which has been found in-effective, according to its critics.
The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. About 280 organizations, horse associations, veterinary groups, and animal health advocates support ending the practice.
“As a veterinarian and lover of animals, I feel the time is now to stop the practice of horse soring for good,” said Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL).
“We must end the industry’s failed self-policing of this abuse, ban the use of soring devices, strengthen penalties and make other reforms needed to end this malicious practice,” said Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR).
Congress unsuccessfully tried last session to pass the bill, but it stalled.
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