By: Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
This week, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act passed yet another key milestone: it reached over 300 cosponsors in the House of Representatives! This outpouring of congressional support on both sides of the aisle shows that this important bill, which will bring the necessary changes to once and for all end the cruel and inhumane practice of soring, needs to get passed into law. The AVMA implores Congress to bring this issue to a vote on the floor in the Senate and House of Representatives as quickly as possible to improve the welfare of America’s walking horses.
As you know, we’ve done a lot of outreach lately on this important bill, including attending the June 18 “Walk on Washington” rally, which highlighted the beautiful natural gait of Tennessee Walking Horses on the nation’s capital. Last week, I also had the privilege of being a guest on Dr. Katy’s “The Pet Show” to educate the D.C. public about this important issue and urge them to contact their members of Congress in support of this bill.
The time is NOW for Congress to stop its political posturing and act on a bill that will protect our nation’s walking horses. Do your part and tell your congressional representatives to pass the PAST Act today!