Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), both veterinarians for more than 30 years and two of the only veterinarians currently in Congress, re-introduced H.R. 1847, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring.
Soring is the practice of intentionally injuring the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses to exaggerate the leg motion of these high gaited horses. Even though it’s been illegal for over 40 years, it’s still widely practiced.
“I am honored to join my fellow veterinarian, Rep. Kurt Schrader, a bipartisan list of members, and organizations who support the end of Horse Soring. As a veterinarian and lover of animals, we must continue to keep pressure on a select group of bad actors in the Walking Horse industry. They must comply with existing law and stop this illegal practice for good,” said Rep. Yoho.
“Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books for decades banning this cruel practice,” said Rep. Schrader. “We gave them a chance to self-police but the practice continued. Our bill will strengthen and improve current regulations by improving USDA enforcement, increasing civil and criminal penalties, and banning incentives to sore horses. It’s time for Congress to act and put an end to this abusive practice.”
Along with Reps. Yoho and Schrader, the bill is cosponsored by 207 other Republicans and Democrats, with more than 280 organizations, associations and groups, including both veterinary advocates and horse industry professionals, supporting putting an end to this unnecessary and inhumane practice.