Just four months ago, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. It was historic and a step forward in what would be a huge victory for horses and animal rights activists if the bill becomes law. But that’s just it. The bill still has not been passed by the Senate.
This bill is very necessary to protect horses used for horse shows. Tennessee walking horses are the ones primarily used for shows that require the cruel soring methods. The horses are beloved for their impressive gait which features them taking very high steps. But this is not natural to them. This gait is trained through cruel techniques, all known as soring.
Different methods of soring include chemical, mechanical/physical, and action devices. Caustic chemicals are applied to the horses legs and wrapped tightly in plastic for the skin to be “cooked.” If done mechanically, the horses’ hooves are trimmed or devices are applied to force the horses to pick up their feet faster and higher.
Below is a graphic video compiled from an investigation that the Humane Society of the United States did into soring in 2015:
It’s nearly inconceivable that such cruel methods are still allowed. These horses need protection!
As this petition explains, “The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act will improve protections for horses by amending the Horse Protection Act. The bill requires horse show organizers who employ inspectors to use only USDA-licensed inspectors, prohibits the use of painful soring devices, and increases the penalties for violations.”
Sign this petition to urge the Senate to pass this bill! You can also contact your senators to urge them to sponsor this bill for the protection of the horses!
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