March 18, 2014
The PAST Act: End Horse Soring
About the federal bill and how you can help horses
What is the PAST Act?
The Prevent All Soring Tactics, or PAST Act, is the federal bill to end the cruel practice of horse soring.
S. 1406/H.R. 1518 would amend the Horse Protection Act to do the following:
-- amend the industry's failed system of self-policing;
-- ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring;
-- strengthen penalties; and
-- make other reforms needed to finally shut this abuse down.
The legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 51 Senate co-sponsors and more than 267 House co-sponsors.
What is soring?
Soring is a practice used by unscrupulous trainers to deliberately inflict pain in order to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of their horses and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows.
Watch: Learn more about soring and The HSUS investigation into the industry's abuse of horses. This investigation led to felony charges for a top Tennesee Walking Horse trainer.
More videos about soring
Who endorses the PAST Act
A massive group of horse organizations, industry professionals, legislators, members of the media, veterinarians, animal advocates, and celebrities openly stand against cruel horse soring—and FOR the Past Act.
View PAST Act endorsers» [PDF]