Last year, a historic bill passed the House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 693, called The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, also known as The PAST Act, “addresses the practice of soring horses. The soring of horses includes various actions taken on horses’ limbs to produce higher gaits that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness. The bill expands soring regulation and enforcement at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, including by establishing a new system for inspecting horses for soring. In addition, the bill increases penalties for violations.”
However, the bill was never made into law and the Senate never passed it after the House of Representatives did. But it’s still a law we need to pass for the protection of horses.
Soring, as described the Humane Society is, “intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait.”
Chemical soring involves “the application of a caustic chemical to the hair and skin of the horse’s lower leg, then covering the leg with plastic and a leg wrap for several days to allow the chemical to ‘cook’ into the skin,” while mechanical/physical soring involves “trimming the hoof or applying devices that cause the horse’s hooves to be painful and force the horse to pick up its feet faster and higher.”
It’s unnecessarily cruel. Sign this petition to stand up for horses and demand the end of horse soring!
Sign these other petitions to protect horses:
- End the Slaughter of Race Horses in Australia
- Justice for Abused and Neglected Horses in Chicago
- End the Cruel Horse Carriage Industry
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