Legislation - State and Federal
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Horses Have Road Rights Pamphlet - WI State Statutes (PDF)

Wisconsin Equine Economic Impact Study Results Brochure (PDF)

Complete Wisconsin Equine Economic Impact Study Results (PDF)
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House Ag Appropriations Committee Vote on Horse Slaughter Defunding

July 13, 2017

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The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations voted July 12 against an amendment that Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) had offered to defund the USDA’s inspection of horse slaughter, a renewal of what was effectively a ban on the practice

Please click on the link below to read the article in its entirety.

AHC - HOUSE AG APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE VOTE ON HORSE SLAUGHTER DEFUNDING
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USDA-Animal Care Provides Horse Protection Act Progress Report

June 30, 2017

On June 29, 2017, Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Administrator of APHIS-Animal Care, released an open letter to the management of horse shows, exhibitions, sales, as well as Horse Industry Organizations and Associations (HIOs), and the owners, trainers, exhibitors, and custodians of horses engaged in Horse Protection Act (HPA) covered activities.

In it she provides a progress report on the efforts to strengthen the HPA inspection program, their working relationship with the industry, and HPA enforcement. She applauded the HIOs that have made refinements to their processes to achieve their new standards, including the updated inspection guidance intended to promote consistency throughout the entire industry. That inspection guidance was posted on their website, found here, along with videos that depict the inspection process.

She ended her letter by acknowledging that “A consistent and thorough inspection process coupled with management’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities under the HPA are essential for ensuring exhibitors have clear expectations and can confidently present horses for inspection and participate in HPA-covered events.”

On March 30, 2017, Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) re- introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 (HR 1847) (PAST Act) in the House of Representatives.   The bill is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses.  The bill is supported by the American Horse Council and most national horse show organizations. The AHC urges all members of the horse industry to contact their Representative and ask them to support the bill and become a co-sponsor. 

For more information on the Horse Protection Act and the practices used to enforce it, please visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/SA_HPA .

The complete letter can be read here. Please contact the American Horse Council with any further questions regarding the HPA or the PAST Act.

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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.

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State

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.


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Federal

Pending Federal Legislation Under Review

Great Source for Legislative Issues & Policies is the American Horse Council

www.horsecouncil.org

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UPDATE!


AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE - 3/31/17


On March 30, 2017, Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) re- introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 (HR 1847) (PAST act) in the House of Representatives.   The bill is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses.  The bill is identical to the bill introduced last Congress and is supported by the American Horse Council and most national horse show organizations.

Please click on the link below to read the entire article on the AHC's website.

Legislation to Eliminate Soring Introduced in the House

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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 read the entire article on the AHC's website.

USDA Announces Final Horse Protection Act Rule

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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.

Full Text of Bill | More Information

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.

View Article on AHC Website

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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.

Full Text of Bill | More Information

AHC PAST Act Hearing Testimony

Endorsements for PAST Act

AHC PAST Act Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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.

Full Text of Bill | More Information

Wisconsin Cosponsors: None

On 3/12/13 referred to committee: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Wisconsin committee member: Senator Tammy Baldwin


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Announcements and Notices

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Recreational Trail Aids (RTA) Program

This is a federal program administered in all states. Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

Legal Transportation of Horses Across State Lines

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Did you know that if you are a member of the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC), you are also eligible for the American Horse Council's (AHC) Advantage Plan?


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