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The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act

H.R. 1518: PAST Act

Summary: To amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the Act, strengthen penalties for violations of the Act, improve Department of Agriculture enforcement of the Act, and for other purposes. (More Info)

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The Humane Society of the United States 1,942,548 Facebook fans 192,899 Twitter followers

The Humane Society of the United States endorses The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, introduced by lead sponsors U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., along with Reps. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., and Jim Moran, D-Va., as original cosponsors in the house, and Senators Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va. in the Senate. It strengthens the Horse Protection Act, originally passed in 1970.

The Horse Protection Act was enacted more than 40 years ago, but the systematic abuse of Tennessee walking ...

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ASPCA 1,285,784 Facebook fans 158,678 Twitter followers

Majestic Tennessee Walking Horses have long been cherished, both for their unique four-step gait and their gentle dispositions. Unfortunately, these same traits make these horses vulnerable to extreme exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous trainers.

On today’s Tennessee Walking Horse show circuit, trainers still engage in the cruel practice of “soring” to force horses to exaggerate their gait. Despite laws against this cruelty, trainers use chemicals and devices that cause extreme pain to the horses’ legs and hooves. Trainers may also “pressure shoe” a horse by filing hooves to expose the nerve, and inserting sharp objects into ...

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Animal Welfare Institute 17,469 Facebook fans 3,076 Twitter followers

On April 11, 2013, H.R. 1518 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Jim Moran (D-VA). The PAST Act enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support and will crack down on the abusive practices of soring that still exist.

Background: Cruel Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses

Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in 1970 to make illegal the abusive practice of “soring,” in which unscrupulous trainers deliberately inflict pain on Tennessee Walking Horses’ hooves and legs to exaggerate their high-stepping gait, known as ...

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Int'l Fund for Horses 5,453 Twitter followers

The strengthening of the Horse Protection Act against the continued practice of horse soring is absolutely necessary, and we applaud this step.

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For the Tennessee Walking Horse(R) 454 Facebook fans

For the Tennessee Walking Horse(R) is an online entity dedicated to educating the public about soring and what we can do to stop it. We support the PAST Act in its entirety. We are certain that this will be a huge step toward upholding the law and ending soring. We agree with the AVMA, AAEP, AHC, and HSUS in that the enhancements used to sore horses should be eliminated from the show ring to help catch those who continue to violate the HPA. We also agree with the OIG Audit Report from 2010 that states that HIOs should be ...

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World Walking Horse Association

As the first sound International Walking Horse registry and membership association, WWHA records and preserves the pedigrees of the Walking Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed by refusing to support devices that facilitate soring including stacks and chains. WWHA mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the sound flat shod Natural Walking Horse with the general welfare of the horse first and foremost. As part of its mission to preserve, protect, and promote the Sound Natural Tennessee Walking Horse, The World Walking Horse Association supports the Horse Protection Act, the PAST Act, and the 95% of the Walking ...

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