January 24, 2017
Bureaucratic bungling has stalled a critical animal welfare rulemaking action aimed at cracking down on the barbaric practice of horse soring – with the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrawing new regulations today that had been broadly supported by hundreds of lawmakers in Congress, the veterinary community, a wide range of horse industry organizations, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.
January 13, 2017
In a move that should largely spell the end of the barbaric and gratuitous practice of horse soring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the release of its final rule to upgrade Horse Protection Act regulations. The rule bans the use of medieval stacks, chains and other cruel devices and eliminates a corrupt inspection program that places the very people abusing horses in charge of enforcing the law. The Humane Society of the United States credits President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for taking this important anti-cruelty action.
July 25, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture for announcing a proposed rule that contains significant reforms to end the cruel practice of horse soring – in which caustic chemicals, chains, hard objects, cutting and other gruesome techniques are used to injure the front legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses, racking horses and related breeds. The goal of this abuse is to force the animals to perform an artificially high-stepping gait known as the big lick, which is rewarded in the show ring.
December 22, 2015
A federal bill to protect Tennessee walking horses from the cruel practice known as “soring” reached two congressional milestones by far surpassing 218 cosponsors in the House (at 240 and counting) and by earning its 50th cosponsor in the U.S. Senate: Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee.
September 10, 2015
An analysis of the results from the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration – the top event of the performance walking horse industry’s show circuit – demonstrates that owners and trainers continue to be rewarded for using abusive methods to achieve the high-stepping “big lick” gait.
August 31, 2015
An HSUS investigation has uncovered the regular soring of Tennessee walking horses at ThorSport Farm, belonging to NASCAR team owner Duke Thorson, highlighting the need for legislators to pass the PAST Act.
August 25, 2015
Detailed Undercover Investigation Reveals Tennessee Walking Horse Abuse at Top Training Barn, with Big-Name, Previously Cited Trainers Continuing Their Illegal Conduct
For the second time in four years, an undercover investigator with The Humane Society of the United States has documented trainers and grooms cruelly “soring” Tennessee walking horses to create an exaggerated and unnatural gait known as the “big lick.”
February 9, 2015
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December 10, 2014
Legislation to stop the cruel and illegal practice of “soring” – one of the most broadly supported bills in Congress with 60 Senate cosponsors and 308 House cosponsors – has been blocked by at least one Republican Senator, preventing movement on the legislation until the “hold” is lifted.
December 5, 2014
In the waning days of the 113th Congress, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406, has continued to gain a level of bipartisan support few federal bills ever acquire, now with 308 House cosponsors and 60 Senate cosponsors.