Stacked shoes of a sored Tennessee Walking Horse. HSUS image.

Horse protection advocates meet with Congressman Wednesday on soring rule

WASHINGDON, DC (Mar. 26, 2017) — Early on Sunday evening, Clant Seay, founder of Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC), released a short video in which he affirmed an event scheduled for Wednesday in Washington, DC and an appearance with a congressman.

The group had previously scheduled the presentation of its petition containing 100,000 signatures to the White House and a subsequent press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, March 29.

Standing at the location of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Seay said that in addition to presenting the petition and holding the presser, the group will be meeting with Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida’s third congressional district, who is a large-animal veterinarian and former businessman.

The group will speak in the Edward R. Murrow Room at the National Press Club at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  The address is 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045.

The petition, posted several months ago, is showing 99,744 signatures as of press time and asks OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, as-yet-unconfirmed USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue, President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump to publish a federal rule supportive of the Horse Protection Act of 1970 which would ban “pads and chains” used on Tennessee Walking Horses during horse shows.

In his announcement on Sunday, Seay said that Yoho plans to “reintroduce the PAST Act,” a proposal first raised in 2013 with bipartisan support which encountered a number of obstacles and did not become law.  “PAST” stands for “Prevent All Soring Tactics” and is intended to eliminate soring by assigning inspections only to those without a conflict of interest.  Continue reading »

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Stacked shoes of a sored Tennessee Walking Horse. HSUS image.

1 thought on “Horse protection advocates meet with Congressman Wednesday on soring rule”

  1. I applaud Mr. Seay, and the other members of the panel, whose names, unfortunately I did not catch, for their work to end this completely unnecessary and inhumane torture of Tennessee Walkers. Their presentation was excellent and hit the nail on the head. Soring had already been made illegal and enforcement was primed to be enacted when Trump shot it down in January. There is widespread bipartisan support for this bill and lets hope it is passes and effected.


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