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

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

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?

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

Walking horse group successful with new rules

Tennessee Walking Horses competing with stacks.

Cross-posted from WBIR TV When legislation to toughen federal protections against horse soring gained momentum last year, opponents said the proposed rule changes would decimate their walking horse show industry. But a Murfreesboro-based walking horse group says it has found a way to thrive regardless of what becomes of those stiffer rules. Dee Dee Miller,… Continue reading Walking horse group successful with new rules

Fight to end horse soring is everyone’s duty

Exaggerated gait of Tennessee Walker gotten through the abusive practices of horse soring.

Written by former SENATOR JOE TYDINGS Citizens must take stand against cruelty to horses Forty-three years ago, while serving in the U.S. Senate, I introduced the Horse Protection Act to stop the cruel and intentional soring of the magnificent Tennessee Walking Horses. Unfortunately, although the Horse Protection Act was enacted into law in 1970, far… Continue reading Fight to end horse soring is everyone’s duty