Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in 1970 to make illegal the barbaric practice of “soring.” This is a practice of deliberately injuring/inflicting pain on Tennessee Walking Horses’ hooves and legs to exaggerate their high-stepping gait, known as the “Big Lick, to gain competitive advantage at horse shows.
Though the HPA was signed into law more than 40 years ago, the cruelty continues in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. A just-released video from an undercover investigator with The Humane Society of the United States exposed numerous instances of illegal soring at ThorSport Farm.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121, would amend the Horse Protection Act to end industry self-policing, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms necessary to end this torture.
Want to help eradicate this practice? Write and call your state legislators. Learn more at humanesocietyorg.