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Support HR 1847 a bill closing loopholes in US anti horse soring law

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.

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.
Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.



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Congressional Offices Online and by Phone

You can also contact your U.S. Representative via Find your U.S. Representative with your 4+ zip code and use their contact form to ask them to co-sponsor HR 1847.

If you know who your U.S. Representative is but you are unable to contact them by online form, the Clerk of the House maintains addresses and phone numbers of all House members and Committees. Call (202) 225-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.

Current Co-Sponsors

HR 1847 currently has 218 co-sponsors. See if your U.S. Representative has co-sponsored HR 1847 here.

If your U.S. Representative has already co-sponsored HR 1847 please let them know you also support it and thank them for co-sponsoring this bill and ask them to please use all their influence to get HR 1847 passed.

There are a total of 535 Members of Congress. 100 serve in the U.S. Senate and 435 serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Endorsing Organizations

The American Veterinary Association (AVMA)
The American Horse Council (AHC)
The Horse Fund


Please take the time right now to go online and support HR 1847.

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Thank you for taking action and giving a strong voice to our horses.


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2 thoughts on “Support HR 1847 a bill closing loopholes in US anti horse soring law”

  1. I just now scroll through the entire list of those who have supported this bill…HR 1847…..and NOT A SINGLE CONGRESSMAN FROM INDIANA has signed on to become a co sponsor. Same things last year when we were trying HB for anti horse slaughter…..not a single sponsor. What is it with Indiana? Who has paid them off; Whose pockets are being filled?


    1. Same with Kentucky. Go figure. Not one co-sponsor for any bill helping horses. And they have a horse in their logo. Unbridled cowardice not unbridled spirit. We are ashamed of Kentucky.


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