June 5, 2012
The HSUS Applauds USDA for Finalizing Regulations to Strengthen Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the release of its final rule requiring uniform mandatory minimum penalties for violations of the federal Horse Protection Act.
May 25, 2012
See video from an undercover HSUS investigation that led the U.S. Department of Justice to file charges against a Tennessee walking horse trainer.
May 24, 2012
On the heels of an undercover investigation into horse soring practices by The HSUS, the organization is asking Tennessee’s Attorney General Reporter Robert E. Cooper, Jr. to investigate the role of horse show management in allowing sored horses to continue competing in spite of a state law criminalizing such conduct.
May 22, 2012
In the wake of The HSUS’ undercover investigation into the shocking abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses, notorious trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty today to a felony conviction for charges related to conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act.
April 4, 2012
Three severely neglected horses have been taken in by The HSUS after Constable Dennis Taylor’s Office seized them pursuant to a court order finding that the owner’s mistreatment of the horses violated the Texas Health and Safety Code.
March 21, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Petitions USDA to Prosecute Illegal Doping in the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry as a Felony
The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal petition asking the United States Department of Agriculture to treat the use of illegal numbing or masking chemicals on horses’ legs as a felony under the Horse Protection Act.
March 1, 2012
Nationally known Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell and several of his associates have been indicted on 52 counts of violating the federal Horse Protection Act (including 18 felony counts), and also charged with numerous violations of the Tennessee Cruelty to Animals Statute.
February 28, 2012
The HSUS announced that it will pay a reward of $10,000 to the horse industry participant who provided critical evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of Barney Davis, a Tennessee trainer of Spotted Saddle horses.
January 25, 2012
The USDA has sentenced Paul Blackburn for “soring"—deliberately inflicting pain to the feet and legs of Tennessee Walking horses to create an exaggerated gait.
December 29, 2011
The HSUS helped donkeys in Hawaii, rescued and cared for horses who were cruelty victims throughout the country, fought horse slaughter, and worked to end soring in 2011.