We share the belief held by most Americans that equines are companion animals and partners in recreation, sport and work. Unfortunately, equine cruelty occurs nationwide.
Tennessee walking horses endure immense pain and fear in order to achieve their exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick." They are fitted with tall, heavy shoes and in a practice known as soring, their legs are covered with caustic chemicals—all for the sake of a ribbon.
Wild horses and burros in western states are targeted by many who pressure the government into rounding them up and removing them from our public lands. Others are advocating for changes in protections to allow for auctioning them off—tens of thousands could be stripped of their freedom and sold for slaughter.
Per day (seven days a week) is how long a carriage horse is forced to work in extreme temperatures and weather conditions.
And counting, the ongoing era of the "Big Lick" faction of the Tennessee walking horse industry allows the routine crippling of horses as a core training strategy.
Were almost slaughtered due to a recommendation by the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse Advisory Board. Public outcry kept the horses alive.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.