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It’s Time to End Walking-Horse Abuse

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 10:45am
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Tennessee Walking Horses desperately need your help. These majestic and gentle-natured creatures are a breed of horse famous for their distinctive, smooth, high-stepping walk. Sadly, a cruel and illegal procedure called “soring” is all too frequently used to elicit an exaggerated movement, called the “big lick,” in order to win prizes at horse shows.

Soring is the gruesome practice of using chemicals and painful devices to injure a horse’s front limbs, making any contact with the ground so painful that the horse quickly jerks up his legs to relieve the pressure. Soring causes such intense pain that its victims often cannot stand for several days afterward.

Although soring was banned nationwide in 1970, inadequate legal penalties and lax enforcement have allowed this cruel practice to continue. A new bill, H.R. 6388, will address these inadequacies by amending the federal Horse Protection Act and improving protections for horses from soring, and we need your help in building support for this critical legislation!

What You Can Do
Please contact your U.S. representative and urge him/her to cosponsor H.R. 6388 and support strong amendments to the Horse Protection Act to better protect horses from soring.

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online right now to contact your U.S. representative in Washington, D.C. There are only a few working days left in this Congress, so time is of the essence!

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The people that can do this to a such a beautiful animal should
try whatever they plan on doing to themselves first-after all, why should they be eliminated from what the horse would have to go through. Next time I see a horse kick up its front legs that will be the first thing I will accuse them of. I alway thought that was something they were trained to do for show.

Georgina Reyes

Stop the abuse

kathleen v adams

Stop the cruel treatment of these gorgeous animals.

flynn coleman

Please cosponsor H.R. 6388 and support strong amendments to the Horse Protection Act to better protect horses from soring.

Linda Browning

Stop soring!! Stop the abuse!!!

Keni Munn

Please, support the amendments to the Horse Protection Act and co sponsor H.R. 6388 to avoid torturing horses. It is very important to do these things to protect horses from soring!!!



Diana Garcia

Its always surprising to me how so much is overlooked when individuals abuse their pets or other animals. If we allow any type of abuse...straight to jail we go! What are about our animals...why is this horrible act (when caught) overlooked so many times...who makes the rules for them?

Liam & Elicia Walsh

Please stop the cruel treatment of these horses

Suzanne Torlen

Cruelty follows cruelty...what we do will turn around and come back to us. We must not harm
living beings.