Action Alert: Urge Congress to pass Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.
What is the PAST Act? This bill will close loopholes in the federal Horse Protection Act and end the abject cruelty of soring, a practice in which Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) are tortured with chemicals, chains and heavily weighted stacked shoes and other horrific practices to perform the exaggerated gait that is referred to as the “Big Lick”. The PAST Act would abolish the use of the torturous shoes, chains, and chemicals that are fundamental to the soring process, as well as increasing penalties and stop the self-policing of the TWH industry, which has failed to stop this practice.
The bill was introduced in the House this January and has so far gained the support of well over 200 bipartisan cosponsors and a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Senate companion bill in April. New House rules guarantee PAST will get a vote on the floor when that number reaches 290! Therefore, it is more important than ever that people contact their legislators and urge their cosponsorship of PAST.
Help support horse welfare: Find your elected officials’ contact information and email and/or call them today to ask for their support of the PAST Act. If your Senator or Representative is a co-sponsor, please contact them to offer your thanks.
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• PAST is known formally in the House as HR 693, and S.1007 in the Senate. The House bill is titled U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act. Senator Tydings was known as the “Father of the Horse Protection Act,” the original legislation of 1970 that first outlawed the practice of soring.
• Why is the Horse Protection Act not sufficient? Loopholes in the law have allowed abuse of Tennessee Walking Horse to continue, due mostly to allowing the Tennessee Walking Horse show industry to be self-policing; allowing trained third-party individuals to serve as inspectors at Walking Horse shows.
• This abuse known as soring and taking advantage of the loopholes of the Federal Horse Protection Act has been occurring for decades and is well-documented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and various interest groups. Change can only occur for these beautiful animals if these practices cease and this must be done through federal legislation in the form of the PAST Act.
• This legislation has hundreds of endorsements from the American Horse Council and dozens more industry groups, the American Veterinary Medical Association,American Association of Equine Practitioners, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, every state’s veterinary medical association, National Sheriffs’ Association, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, all major animal protection organizations, and others appalled by this ongoing abuse.
• The Parelli Foundation is a previous grant recipient from the Humane Society of the United States “Now that’s a Tennessee Walking Horse” program and this grant was used for a natural horsemanship course geared toward gaited horses. We have long promoted opportunities for the use, care and training Tennessee Walking Horses and other gaited breeds through natural horsemanship.