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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


Aug 19, 2017 marianne cresci
Aug 19, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury SICKENING when what passes for "training" is BLATANT HORSE ABUSE!!
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Sophia Lim
Aug 18, 2017 Denise Ansell
Aug 18, 2017 DEANNA DURBIN
Aug 17, 2017 Claudia Martins
Aug 17, 2017 Gunnar Lien
Aug 16, 2017 Sina Drews
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Aug 16, 2017 Deborah Hammond
Aug 16, 2017 Aylene Kovary
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 Debra Carter
Aug 16, 2017 Bonnie Bushnell
Aug 16, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 ro soltani
Aug 16, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Aug 16, 2017 Kim Maynard
Aug 16, 2017 Janice McShane
Aug 16, 2017 Christa Wilson
Aug 16, 2017 Erin Johnson
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 L taylor
Aug 16, 2017 Michelle Veckerelli
Aug 16, 2017 Josette Mitchell
Aug 16, 2017 Thereann Lisa
Aug 15, 2017 Phil Neal
Aug 15, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Aug 15, 2017 Natalie Gagnon
Aug 15, 2017 julie ellis
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Aug 15, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Aug 15, 2017 Mari Niemeläinen
Aug 15, 2017 Traci Ball
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Verser
Aug 14, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 14, 2017 Robert Sanders
Aug 14, 2017 Sue Hickford
Aug 14, 2017 Lynn Onorato
Aug 14, 2017 Phillippa Hilsden
Aug 14, 2017 Quennie Bonney
Aug 14, 2017 Marky Raypole
Aug 14, 2017 Adele Kirk
Aug 14, 2017 Barbara Orr
Aug 14, 2017 Michelle Ann Calnan
Aug 14, 2017 wendy Hawthorne
Aug 14, 2017 Cynthia Curtis

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