Urgent! Contact Agriculture Secretary Vilsack by email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR use Contact My Politician (Vilack’s name is already inserted), using the words “Reinstate the HPA Rule” in the subject line stating:—
“I respectfully request that you immediately reinstate the 2017 Horse Protection Act (HPA) rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to end the cruel practice of soring.”
Please feel free to use those exact words. Vilsack is very aware of the HPA Rule and that he is required to take action to restore it.
The horse industry and its allies in Congress are lobbying the Biden Administration to bring back the 2017 Horse Protection Act (HPA) rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to end the practice of soring.
In early 2017, the outgoing Obama Administration issued a final HPA rule to stop the practice of manipulating a horse’s limb to induce an accentuated gait known as “horse soring.” The rule mirrors the industry endorsed “Prevent All Soring Tactics” (PAST) Act by taking common sense measures to protect certain Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses from this type of mistreatment. Unfortunately, the HPA rule was suspended four years ago by the previous Administration and it has not been reinstated.
In his second stint as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack can easily resurrect the rule finalized under his watch in 2017 and complete the job he started.
A bipartisan group of 48 senators went on the record on April 29 to request that Secretary Vilsack bring back the 2017 rule. Vilsack has yet to act.
We have been asked to add our voices. Please do it right now, before you go away. Thank you!