WASHINGTON, DC — On January 13, 2017 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced “a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore.”
The Trump Administration removed the Rule just hours before it was to be published in the Federal Register.
On March 30, 2017, in response to this move, Rep. Ted S. Yoho [R-FL-3] , joined by 208 originating co-sponsors, introduced HR 1847 — called the PAST Act — “To amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the Act, strengthen penalties for violations of the Act, improve Department of Agriculture enforcement of the Act, and for other purposes.”
HR 1847 is written to close the loopholes in the Horse Protection Act of 1970 that have enabled the cruelty of horse soring to persist.
Identical to the bill of the same name introduced two years ago, the PAST Act contains the reforms that are so urgently needed to crack down on soring – the intentional infliction of pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds to create the exaggerated gait known as the “big lick.”
HR 1847 will end the corrupt and failed system of industry self-policing and ban the devices used in, and integral to, the soring process.
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HR 1847 currently has 218 co-sponsors. See if your U.S. Representative has co-sponsored HR 1847 here.
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