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It's disgraceful. Despite that regulations have been put in place regarding the humane treatment of show horses, trainers continue to shirk the laws and utilize a painful practice called horse soring. Soring involves whipping, kicking, and shocking Tennessee walking horses' forelegs in order to achieve a high-stepping gait. To relieve pain as a result of the harmful abuse, horses walk with a higher gait that's highly coveted by show trainers.

Soring has been illegal for the past 40 years under The Horse Protection Act. But trainers are still getting away with it. Soring can produce long-term physical damage, such as abrasions, swelling, and extreme prolonged pain.

Sadly, horse soring is yet another case where the desire for profits and recognition is winning out over simple humanity. Press the USDA to stop allowing corrupt trainers to get away with such cruelty — and prosecute them to the fullest extent under The Horse Protection Act.

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Dear Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack:

If you think that all show animals in the US are well-cared for and treated humanely, think again. In fact, some show horses are suffering immense pain and distress from a practice called horse soring.

Soring is utilized by trainers of Tennessee walking horses in order to obtain a higher gait that wins prizes at shows. The gait is procured by cutting, hitting, shocking, and chemically burning the horses' forelegs to get them to raise their walking stance. It can cause painful abrasions and long-term physical damage. These horses live anything but 'winning' lives.

Horse soring has been illegal under The Horse Protection Act for over 40 years, but its use is still widespread among Tennessee walking horse trainers. These trainers never have to answer for their actions. It's time they take responsibility for their practices, and it's time we start enforcing the law without exception.

Please begin enforcing the regulations as outlined by The Horse Protection Act. It's about humane treatment of animals — and it's the law.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 13, 2014 jean-françois merel
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Jul 13, 2014 corinne machio
Jul 13, 2014 ETTWILLER ANITA
Jul 12, 2014 Donna Brooks
Jul 12, 2014 Lourdes Martinez
Jul 12, 2014 Betty Chan
Jul 12, 2014 sylvie roche
Jul 12, 2014 MICHELE KEIGLER
Jul 12, 2014 mariefrance martin
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Barbro Helling
Jul 12, 2014 Louise Abbott
Jul 12, 2014 mona luchi
Jul 12, 2014 Eva Andersson
Jul 12, 2014 Carol Nixon There shouldn't be such a thing as show horses. Let animals be animals and realize they aren't here for our entertainment! We are in charge of loving and protecting animals as stewards of God.
Jul 12, 2014 Deanne Healy
Jul 12, 2014 Fiona Wright
Jul 12, 2014 ALESSIA BERGAMINI
Jul 12, 2014 Laetitia Guichard
Jul 12, 2014 Sophie Tramel
Jul 11, 2014 poppy Stewart
Jul 11, 2014 Winona Johnston Where I come from, they use booties and weights to make them lift their front feet higher. What's wrong with doing it that way instead of inflicting pain???????
Jul 11, 2014 Glynn Fletcher
Jul 11, 2014 Tammy Reyna
Jul 11, 2014 Lea Faulks
Jul 11, 2014 Leilani Chua
Jul 11, 2014 Vickie Gonsoulin
Jul 11, 2014 Emily Clarke
Jul 11, 2014 Gail Rehman
Jul 11, 2014 Melanie rapolla
Jul 11, 2014 Maria R Furbelli
Jul 11, 2014 Emily Moreno
Jul 11, 2014 Janel Harder
Jul 11, 2014 Anna Lee
Jul 11, 2014 Helen Tanguis
Jul 11, 2014 Jan Scales A truly caring trainer would take the time to teach the animal in a less painful way. Cruelty breaks the spirit.
Jul 11, 2014 Priscilla Anderson
Jul 11, 2014 Dana Clifford
Jul 11, 2014 Mary Shepherd
Jul 11, 2014 Tania Llewellyn
Jul 11, 2014 Liana Stanton
Jul 11, 2014 Kim Adams
Jul 11, 2014 Gail Serra
Jul 11, 2014 William Mould, Jr.
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Cathy Almeida
Jul 11, 2014 Sally Anne Hubbard People like me are learning of the torture involved in horse soring. We have voices and will speak loudly to stop this cruel, heartless act upon innocent beings.
Jul 11, 2014 Tammy Brady
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