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January 21, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States has named its top ten Emergency Placement Partners for 2013.
January 15, 2014
Longtime animal advocate and star of ABC’s "Mistresses," Alyssa Milano, appeals to Congress to protect Tennessee walking horses from abuse by swiftly passing the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406.
January 9, 2014
Over the past several years, The HSUS has focused its efforts against animal cruelty and animal fighting in Tennessee.
January 8, 2014
Following the announcement of the new board of directors of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, The Humane Society of the United States released research into the board members’ past violations of the federal Horse Protection Act. The act outlaws “soring,” the abusive methods used to force Tennessee walking show horses and other related breeds to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions. A review of records of Horse Protection Act violations turned up 116 total citations for soring and related offenses for the seven-person board. One board member had only one violation; one has been cited for violating the act 39 times. The majority of these citations never led to meaningful penalties.
January 6, 2014
In the fifth annual “Humane State Ranking” report released by The Humane Society of the United States, California held onto first place while South Dakota has the weakest animal protection laws in the nation.