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Meet our Tennessee State Director

Before coming to The HSUS in 2007, Leighann Lassiter had more than a decade of experience working for animal welfare, focusing on sheltering and spay/neuter initiatives.
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  • April 4, 2014

    New TV Ads Call for Passage of Federal Bill to End Horse Soring

    In an ongoing effort to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect Tennessee walking horses, The Humane Society of the United States has launched a new television advertisement calling out Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn for introducing legislation that would allow the intentional soring of horses in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry to continue.

  • January 21, 2014

    Top Ten Emergency Placement Partners of 2013

    The Humane Society of the United States has named its top ten Emergency Placement Partners for 2013.

  • January 15, 2014

    Alyssa Milano Wants Better Treatment for Horses

    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

    Working for Change in Tennessee

    Over the past several years, The HSUS has focused its efforts against animal cruelty and animal fighting in Tennessee.

  • January 8, 2014

    Soring Violations Abound Among Walking Horse Industry Leaders, Competitors

    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.

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