The 2022 Spending Bill and horses

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We have been fielding a lot of emails on this. — Fund for Horses On Friday, March 11, 2022, the President signed into law H.J.Res. 75, the “Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2022,” which provides fiscal year 2022 appropriations to Federal agencies, and for other purposes. The horse protection issues covered are as follows. Horse… Continue reading The 2022 Spending Bill and horses

The Horse Protection Act: Soring, the Scar Rule, and Self-Regulation

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

THE NATIONAL LAW REVIEW Published 27 August 2020 The Horse Protection Act (HPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1821 et seq., passed in 1970 and amended in 1976, outlaws the practice of horse “soring,” an inhumane practice of causing pain to a horse’s foot or leg to produce a more desirable gait. “Soring” is defined as the application… Continue reading The Horse Protection Act: Soring, the Scar Rule, and Self-Regulation

Tennessee Walking Horses and Marsha Blackburn

INTRODUCTION For those of you who know little about the political history of horse soring, this is an excellent piece. For those of you who have good knowledge of it, this is still highly informative. Brilliantly written. What is horse soring? Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in… Continue reading Tennessee Walking Horses and Marsha Blackburn

Trump removes Rule aimed at ending the inhumane practice of horse soring

Horse soring inspection. HSUS image.

WASHINGTON, DC — In a nightmare move for horse advocates Trump axed a Federal Rule aimed at ending the inhumane practice of horse soring. The Rule was removed just hours before it was to be published in the Federal Register. On January 13, 2017 the The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service… Continue reading Trump removes Rule aimed at ending the inhumane practice of horse soring

Final horse soring rule could lead to legal action

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

WASHINGTON, DC — On January 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule that strengthens the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and safeguards horses from the practice of soring. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the new amendments to the Horse Protection Act make… Continue reading Final horse soring rule could lead to legal action

Feinstein Supports Ending Abusive Horse Soring

(AP Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

PRESS RELEASE Washington DC (July 25, 2016)—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and end inhumane practices known as soring, the use of painful devices or chemicals to force an unnatural gait. Senator Feinstein is an original cosponsor of the… Continue reading Feinstein Supports Ending Abusive Horse Soring

Honest horse groups would cooperate when it comes to soring

Horse soring inspection. HSUS image.

Finding cooperation among the USDA and the groups certified by the agency to conduct inspections to enforce the Horse Protection Act and eliminate the soring of Tennessee Walking horses can be a big challenge. Currently the USDA is forced to use outside inspectors because they are undermanned and underfunded. In an OpEd for The Tennessean,… Continue reading Honest horse groups would cooperate when it comes to soring

Walking Horse groups could face USDA sanctions

Horse soring image from The Hoof Blog

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… Continue reading Walking Horse groups could face USDA sanctions