Well, here’s a another hot mess, and horses are suffering cruelly year after year — decade after decade — for it. If you think horse racing has problems, the industry that “sores” and competes Tennessee Walking Horses is loathsome and mafioso-like in its operations.
The Horse Protection Act was passed by Congress in 1970 but the law had not been enforced. Horse soring is just as rampant as ever.
Cross-posted from The Horse
PAT RAIA reports:
The USDA might decertify five Tennessee Walking Horse Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) for failing to comply with provisions contained in a new Horse Protection Act (HPA) enforcement rule.
The HPA prohibits soring–the deliberate injury to a horse’s feet and legs to achieve an exaggerated, high-stepping gait. The USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) enforces the Act, certifies HIOs that manage horse shows, and trains Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs) who inspect horses presented for exhibition at the horse shows for HPA compliance.
Five other HIOs–Sound Horse, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections, Winning Fairly (SHOW); Professional Regulation and Inspection for Dedicated Equestrians; the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association; the Heart of America Walking Horse Association; and the Kentucky Walking Horse Association–had not submitted amended rulebooks to APHIS, Gipson’s letter said.