1. Horse Soring: HPA Rule
URGENT! Contact U.S. 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.
Posted June 21, 2021 — Active
2. Horse Soring: PAST Act 2021 — S.2295
U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have again reintroduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S.2295) to protect horses from the abusive show practices. Soring is a process by which horse trainers intentionally apply substances or devices to horses’ limbs to make each step painful and force an exaggerated high-stepping gait rewarded in show rings. Although federal law prohibits soring, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General (IG) report found that some horse trainers continue this inhumane practice.
The bill was sent to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the date of introduction. A copy of the bill text is available here.
As of this writing the bill has 47 cosponsors.
Note: If the Bill becomes law, it will act in concert with a restored HPA Rule (see 1. above).
Updated July 1, 2021 — Active
3. Wild Horses
Contact Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to immediately suspend the Bureau of Land Management Adoption Incentive Program.
—What you can say
“It has been documented and confirmed that individuals are adopting federally protected wild horses or burros, then dumping them at kill pens from where they are sent to slaughter, a federal offense. Therefore, I strongly urge you to immediately suspend the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program.”
—More on Incentive Program Abuse
To encourage more adopters to give a wild horse or burro a good home, the Bureau of Land Management Adoption Incentive Program provides up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained wild horse or burro from the BLM. Adopters of the abandoned animals must sign a contract promising to protect them from abuse, neglect, or slaughter.
Yet, wild horses are tragically ending up in slaughterhouses under new adoption program.
An investigation by the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) and its coalition partners discovered that groups of related individuals were adopting four horses or burros each (the BLM’s per-adopter limit), then dumping them at kill pens, collecting $30,000 or more in incentive payments and sales fees.
Haaland is proving at the least to be uninterested, or at the most hostile, regarding America’s wild horses. She admitted at the outset she is maintaining the status quo from the previous Administration in their regard. Haaland is no doubt also taking the lead from federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management. This is not good. Maybe if we all pull together we can “wake her up”.
Posted May 30, 2021 — Active
4. Horse Slaughter — H.R.3355
Contact your U.S. Representative requesting co-sponsorship of H.R.3355.
We find it very helpful to compose our thoughts and write out what we want to say ahead of time, especially when telephoning. Preparing this way will make you feel confident, plus you are less apt to leave something out important to you — and the horses.
—About the Bill
On May 19, 2021, Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL-9) introduced H.R.3355 in the 117th U.S. Congress :
“To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.”
Called the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act, it would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the export of horses for slaughter. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the date of introduction, May 19, 2021. Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL-16] is originating co-sponsor.
Updated July 1, 2021 — Active