Legislation - State and Federal
Complete Wisconsin Equine Economic Impact Study Results (PDF)
Legal Transportation of Horses Across State Lines
Please take a moment to read an article entitled "Are you legal transporting horses across state lines?" by Source: Text By Kristy Vanderwende • Design By Joselyn Leonhart • Photos By Larry Williams of InStride Edition. The WHC would like to thank InStride Edition, www.InStrideEdition.com for allowing us to share this excellent article on legal transportation of horses across state lines.
Click here to read this very informative article.
WI LRB-1643/1: Regarding animals taken into custody (Not yet a Wisconsin Bill)
Click here to read the full text of the proposed bill: WI LRB-1643/1 Proposed Bill (PDF)
Sponsored by Senator Tim Carpenter
The Wisconsin Horse Council has registered opposed to this bill due to the inclusion of Section 16. 173.23 (1) (e) The animal has an implanted microchip for identification or assurance of implantation of a microchip for identification is given by prepayment.
The Wisconsin Horse Council is a strong supporter of animal identification if so chosen by the animal owner.
Pending Federal Legislation Under Review
Great Source for Legislative Issues & Policies is the American Horse Council
AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE - 1/13/17
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced final regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry.
Please click on the link below to be read the entire article on the AHC's website.
H.R. 845: National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015
Full Title: The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians.
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE
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Congress Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act
Today, the Senate passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845 S.1110). This follows House passage of the bill earlier this fall. The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians.
The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation and passage of this bill.
The AHC is pleased Congress has approved this important legislation. The AHC would like to thank Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their leadership and work to pass this bill.
The bill directs the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill will address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and will direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.
In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.
The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future.
H.R. 1518: Prevent All Soring Tactics of 2013
Full Title: To amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the Act, strengthen penalties for violations of the Act, improve Department of Agriculture enforcement of the Act, and for other purposes.
Wisconsin co-sponsors: None
On April 11, 2013, assigned to committee House Energy and Commerce sub-committee Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
H.R. 1094: Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
Full Title: To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.
Wisconsin Cosponsors: Mark Pocan
On 3/12/13 referred to committees: House Agriculture
Wisconsin committee member Congressman Reid J Ribble and House Energy and Commerce
Wisconsin committee member: None
S. 541: A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States
Full Title: A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.
Wisconsin Cosponsors: None
On 3/12/13 referred to committee: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Wisconsin committee member: Senator Tammy Baldwin