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AHC Press Release - Support for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) Needed

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:30

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (S.1406/H.R. 1518), which would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses, has continued to gain support in Congress. However, members of the horse community need to take action if we hope to push this important bill over the finish line.

The PAST act has been approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and currently has 57 co-sponsors in the Senate. It has 300 co-sponsors in the House. It is one of the most widely supported bills in Congress, but neither the full House nor Senate has held a vote on the bill.

The American Horse Council urges members of the horse community to call or email their Senators and Representative to voice their support for the PAST Act and urge Congress to take action on this important legislation.

Soring is an abusive practice used by some trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry. It usually involves the use of action devices, chemicals, pads, wedges or other practices to cause pain in the horse's forelegs and produce a very accentuated show gait for competition. Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for over forty years, this cruel practice continues in some segments of the Walking Horse industry.

The PAST act would strengthen the HPA and end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses. The legislation is narrow and focused only on the issue of soring and those breeds that have a history of soring. Details of the legislation can be found here;

Most major national horse show organizations support the PAST Act including the American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Morgan Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club, the Arabian Horse Association, the Pinto Horse Association of America, , the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, the United Professional Horsemen's Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and many state and local horse organizations.

Call or email your Senators and Representative today and tell them; You are a member of the horse industry in their state. You support the PAST Act (S.1406/H.R. 1518).

The PAST act has wide bi-partisan support with 300 co-sponsors in the House and 57 co-sponsors in the Senate and is supported by most major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. Ask them to take action on this legislation and bring the PAST Act to a vote.
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Email and contact information for your Representatives and Senators can be found at and .

If your Senators or Representatives are co-sponsors of the bill, found here, please thank them for their support of PAST and ask them to bring the bill to a vote.

If you have any questions please contact the AHC.

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