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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


Oct 19, 2017 Gina Arens
Oct 19, 2017 Jay Starr
Oct 19, 2017 Susan Sander
Oct 19, 2017 Diane Wilder
Oct 19, 2017 Petra Klages
Oct 19, 2017 Ronald Brogan
Oct 19, 2017 Beth Reimel
Oct 19, 2017 Emma Kemp
Oct 19, 2017 Dominique Fallara
Oct 19, 2017 Leslie Low
Oct 19, 2017 Tana kent
Oct 18, 2017 Lilian Hamburguer
Oct 18, 2017 Angela Williams
Oct 17, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 17, 2017 LOIS HAMILTON
Oct 17, 2017 LeAnn Eden
Oct 16, 2017 Susan Oldershaw Cruelty for entertainment. Sickening.
Oct 16, 2017 michelle kaehny
Oct 16, 2017 Sue Coughlin
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 12, 2017 Carol Wiles
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 Rose Star Protect these innocents. They deserve to live their lives in safety and deserve protection from evil humans. It's time now to save and protect wildlife and all living creatures.
Oct 11, 2017 Saba Alemayehu
Oct 11, 2017 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
Oct 11, 2017 Karen Moulder
Oct 10, 2017 Jean Galati
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 amrita biswas
Oct 10, 2017 Pat Wagner
Oct 10, 2017 Pamela Babcock
Oct 10, 2017 Ben Cachola
Oct 10, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 10, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Oct 10, 2017 Janet Davis
Oct 10, 2017 Pamela Hermes
Oct 10, 2017 John Botts
Oct 10, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 9, 2017 debbie mckenzie
Oct 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2017 Sonia Klimavicius
Oct 9, 2017 Elena De Fanis
Oct 9, 2017 valeria marina stop this cruelty urgently
Oct 9, 2017 Ron & Maria De Stefano
Oct 9, 2017 Milka Strucelj
Oct 9, 2017 Blanca Hidalgo
Oct 9, 2017 Victoria Trozett
Oct 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is a barbaric practice and should be banned. Trainers and judges involved should be fined, and suspended from competition for a period of years to insure this practice is not continued

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