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It's a sad fact that for many horse trainers, torturous practices like soring are part of the job.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse's forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse's caustic chemical coated legs.

The barbaric practice has been condemned by government agencies as well as animal activists alike. And while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been historically responsible for overseeing horse training operations at a federal level, and fining those found guilty of horse soring under the Horse Protection Act, recent decrees from the Trump Administration have severely restricted the Act's efficacy.

A strengthened Horse Protection Act was scheduled to be put into the Federal Register in January 2016, but a White House order on President Donald Trump's first day in office brought it and many other regulations back for review.

Through interviews with convicted horse abuser Barney Davis, the Humane Society has helped to expose the horrific popularity of soring among horse trainers. "Every trainer sores horses," said Davis, who pled guilty to violating the Horse Protection Act on several counts in 2016. "You have to, to get them to walk...you're not going to win if you don't sore [horses]." Davis not only recounted the gruesome truth about soring — bloody forelegs and horses wailing in pain — he also indicated that judges and inspectors at many horse exhibitions are paid to look the other way.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

Sign below and tell the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that the Horse Protection Act needs to be strengthened and enforced.

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Dear USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,

The people of the United States have spoken, and will not stand idly by while horses across the country are tortured through barbaric soring practices.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse's forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse's caustic chemical coated legs.

With the change in presidential administrations, the Horse Protection Act has lost a lot of its efficacy, and the USDA is no longer able to enforce safety in horse training.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement still has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

I implore you to finally make horse soring illegal by publishing the rules against its use in the Federal Register.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Sep 19, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 18, 2017 LINDA LUCAS
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Diane Lipko
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Mindy Beardsley
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields STOP!!
Sep 13, 2017 Rod Davis
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Collinson These barbaric practices must be outlawed. These practices can be made illegal and horses protected.
Sep 13, 2017 Fiona Wright
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Lisa Hammermeister
Sep 13, 2017 Karen Hurst They need to make the punishment more severe,so they will take this issue seriously.
Sep 13, 2017 Carol BECK
Sep 13, 2017 kathryn lewis
Sep 13, 2017 lynn diakogiannakis
Sep 13, 2017 Sandy Gagnon
Sep 13, 2017 Robin Mayne
Sep 13, 2017 carla renders
Sep 11, 2017 Linette Nice
Sep 11, 2017 Drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Grisell Garcia
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
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Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie Clyne
Sep 7, 2017 Maxine Bookbinder
Sep 7, 2017 Anne Marie Baese
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Sep 6, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Miriam Tung
Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Marie Goodman
Sep 6, 2017 Danielle Goerman
Sep 6, 2017 Jillana Laufer
Sep 6, 2017 Dianna Brown
Sep 6, 2017 Ankita Jain
Sep 6, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Sep 5, 2017 lupemaria beal
Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley

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