By: Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division
The 113th Congress will meet for the last time on Dec. 12, which means that time is running out to once and for all end the cruel and inhumane practice of soring!
Veterinarians, veterinary students, horse lovers—the time is NOW to call upon your members of Congress to ask House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406) to the floor for a vote. With 365 members of Congress already supporting the PAST Act, congressional leadership has no more excuses to keep bucking this important issue down the road. The longer they wait—the longer that America’s walking horses have to suffer in pain.
Soring horses has been illegal for more than 40 years, yet it’s still happening at an alarming rate within the walking horse show industry. The PAST Act will take many important steps to protect these creatures that cannot protect themselves, by improving the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement capabilities and penalizing those who sore their horses, hopefully bringing an end to this barbaric practice.
Our nation’s walking horses should be admired for their natural beauty and deserve humane treatment. If this bill does not pass before Congress adjourns in December, we will have to start all over again in January.
Do your part and stand up for the health and welfare of America’s walking horses. Email or call your congressional representatives TODAY and ask them to vote on the PAST Act before it’s too late! Also, be sure to change your Facebook profile image to the one we have created here (on the left) to encourage others to do the same.
Let’s get this bill passed!