Compromise unacceptable regarding sored Tennessee walking horses

Legislation would force the USDA to undo reforms of the widely supported PAST Act — which ends self-policing in the industry. Horse soring is the use of chemicals or mechanical devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses when they touch the ground. This results in the horses picking up their… Continue reading Compromise unacceptable regarding sored Tennessee walking horses

“Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Former U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2017 improperly blocked a new USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service rule meant to protect show horses from taking effect, ruled a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 22, 2022. The appellate court verdict,… Continue reading “Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

PAST Act and SAFE Act Subcommittee hearings set for May 26

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The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Commerce and Protection will hold a hearing on the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 5441) and the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (H.R. 3355), scheduled for 12:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 26. The PAST Act addresses the practice of soring horses. The soring of… Continue reading PAST Act and SAFE Act Subcommittee hearings set for May 26

Representatives Cohen, Fitzpatrick, Schakowsky and Buchanan Introduce PAST Act

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via Press Release WASHINGTON (Oct 1, 2021) — Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Vern Buchanan (FL-16) today introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, to prohibit the intentional injury to the hooves and legs of performance walking horses such as Tennessee’s iconic walking horses. The measure was co-sponsored… Continue reading Representatives Cohen, Fitzpatrick, Schakowsky and Buchanan Introduce PAST Act

Tennessee “celebrates” another year of hideous horse cruelty

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Horse Soring The show must go on for these serial horse abusers — but who attends these hideous events? Not many. The days when the stands were comparatively full during Celebration are long since gone. Attendance has been dwindling for years (with and without COVID). The Walking Horse Report brags that this year's paid attendance… Continue reading Tennessee “celebrates” another year of hideous horse cruelty

Ban horse soring

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Horse soring should be banned outright. The objective of soring is so horses will perform in an exaggerated high stepping gait known as “the Big Lick” in order to win ribbons in competitions. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 2295) was introduced to the Senate to combat the inhumane practice of “soring” horses.… Continue reading Ban horse soring

Take action for sored horses

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Urgent! Contact Agriculture Secretary Vilsack by email at agsec@usda.gov 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… Continue reading Take action for sored horses

“Big Lick” animal cruelty racket crumbles into disarray

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SPECIAL REPORT BY CLANT SEAY Mike Inman out as Celebration CEO After eight years at the helm of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, CEO Mike Inman called it quits Wednesday. Yes, you heard it right. Inman’s resignation was reported as “effective immediately” by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. The Times-Gazette tried to reach Inman on Wednesday, leaving… Continue reading “Big Lick” animal cruelty racket crumbles into disarray

Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

Horse soring "stacks" on the front hooves of a Tennessee Walking Horse at Big Lick competition. HSUS.

WVLT-TV reports that American Horse Trainer Monty Roberts has reaffirmed his commitment to end soring as Tennessee Walking Horse events prepare to resume. Soring is the act of intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Roberts, known as "the man who listens… Continue reading Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

Let’s get rid of “Big Lick” animal cruelty

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Back in June, Clant Seay, the champion of sored horses, wrote a special for the Columbia Daily Herald entitled "Walking Horse competition is not sport." We quote liberally below: The “Big Lick” is animal cruelty. Native Tennessean, MTSU Horse Science professor and equine veterinarian Dr. John Haffner said, “The “Big Lick” is a pain induced… Continue reading Let’s get rid of “Big Lick” animal cruelty