House Committee passes Horse Transportation Safety Act

Horses peer out from trailer. CBC.

The HTSA would ban double-deck trailers for hauling horses in interstate commerce AWI PRESS RELEASE The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing the Horse Transportation Safety Act (HTSA) June 10 as part of surface transportation legislation. The HTSA would ban the use of unsafe double-deck trailers to… Continue reading House Committee passes Horse Transportation Safety Act

Big Lick horses: Training babies

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

When training horses for human-imagined and -staged competitions, it often begins when the horses are very young. It is no different with sored or “Big Lick” horses and heartbreaking. The jerky, unnatural high-stepping gait called the “Big Lick” is induced through what is called horse soring, achieved only by inflicting unconscionable pain on a horse's… Continue reading Big Lick horses: Training babies

Heber Wild Horse group responds to the USFS regarding killings

Cross-posted from the White Mountain Independent by MARY HAUSER (May 28, 2019)  — The Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance is a grassroots group that advocates to keep the Heber herd in the wild and protected as is mandated by federal law. Being boots on the ground in the forest, keeping track of the horses… Continue reading Heber Wild Horse group responds to the USFS regarding killings

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

Calif. Sen. Feinstein to Forest Service: Do not slaughter wild horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 9, 2018) —Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Forest Service to halt the sale of wild horses in California until concerns over potential horse slaughter are addressed. “I write to request that you provide details as to the wild horse roundup that is set to begin tomorrow on the Modoc… Continue reading Calif. Sen. Feinstein to Forest Service: Do not slaughter wild horses

Please continue calling the U.S. House to end horse slaughter

WASHINGTON, D.C. (by Vivian Farrell) — The atmosphere was highly charged in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee meeting when it came time to vote on whether or not to continue defunding horse meat inspections. The House Committee voted the measure out of the Appropriations Bill 27-25 potentially opening the door for horse slaughter to return… Continue reading Please continue calling the U.S. House to end horse slaughter

Senate Appropriations Cmte votes to continue defunding of horse meat inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2017) — The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening again on U.S. soil. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the bipartisan effort, with fellow committee members Sens. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.,… Continue reading Senate Appropriations Cmte votes to continue defunding of horse meat inspections

Help us get 2/3rds of the House to co-sponsor the PAST Act

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

WASHINGTON, DC — Help us get 2/3rds of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 1847, the PAST Act (Prevent All Soring Tactics).  We only need 80 more co-sponsors to do it. The PAST Act is written to help close the loopholes in the Horse Protection Act outlawing horse soring. Horse Soring Horse soring is… Continue reading Help us get 2/3rds of the House to co-sponsor the PAST Act

Mystery of Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — For horses a lot hangs on who is eventually appointed as Secretary of Agriculture. Former George Governor Sonny Perdue was reportedly nominated but confirmation hearings still have not been set. So Perdue remains unconfirmed. Although not a food animal in the US, the person appointed to head up the Agricultural Department will… Continue reading Mystery of Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

Federal legislators plan bills to restore USDA’s animal welfare records including soring

Sen. Ron Wyden (left) and Rep. Earl Blumenuer (right).

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] (above left) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer  [D-3-OR] (above right) plan to introduce bills to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restore records of animal welfare inspections, removed last month, to its web page. The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service database went dark shortly after the… Continue reading Federal legislators plan bills to restore USDA’s animal welfare records including soring