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.
September 5, 2014
An HSUS field rescuer cares for abused horses seized because of an HSUS investigation into the practice of soring Tennessee walking horses.
June 20, 2014
An innovative grant program encourages humane training of Tennessee walking horses.
April 4, 2014
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.
April 2, 2014
Federal legislation introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, with Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Rand Paul, R–KY, and Johnny Isakson, R-GA, as original cosponsors, would weaken protections for horses under the federal Horse Protection Act by placing enforcement authority in the hands of individuals with ties to the Tennessee walking horse industry.