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by The Horse Protection Campaign category: Cause
The Horse Protection Act was passed in 1970 to end a hideously abusive training practice called soring—the intentional infliction of pain to horses' feet and legs to produce an exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick." But over 40 years later, many Tennessee Walking Horses, known for their distinctive smooth ride and willing natures, still suffer unthinkable treatment for the sake of ribbons and prizes at shows.
This Thunderclap campaign will tell Congress to pass a bill, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406 -- to end the abuse.
The PAST Act will amend the Horse Protection Act to end 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 end this torture.
This legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 50 Senate co-sponsors and more than 260 House co-sponsors. The American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and every state’s veterinary medical association have all endorsed the bill: now it’s your turn.
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The Horse Protection Campaign
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs.
The Humane Society of the United States promotes the view held by most Americans that horses are companion animals and partners in recreation, sport, and work.
The Equine Protection Department fights to safeguard the welfare of horses, burros, and donkeys. We work to end cruelty and abuse, horse slaughter, and irresponsible breeding while encouraging responsible horse ownership and providing support and resources to the horse rescue community.