HSVMA Applauds Bipartisan Support for the PAST Act in US House

HSVMA strongly opposes the soring of hooves and legs, which causes deformities that force horses to perform the exaggerated gait that is highly-sought in some show rings. Lance Murphey

July 30, 2015

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association applauds our veterinary colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives – Reps. Ted Yoho and Kurt Schrader – and approximately 100 of their House colleagues for introducing the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (also called the PAST Act), which would help end the intentional torture of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds.

HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Barry Kellogg states, "soring is the cruel process of making a horse 'sore,' which forces them to perform an exaggerated gait in the show ring. As veterinary professionals, we find this practice barbaric, and strongly support legislation to ban the use of devices and compounds implicated in the practice of soring, to strengthen penalties, and to make other reforms necessary to finally end this form of equine abuse."

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