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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


Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 Beverly Schwarz
Nov 19, 2017 nichole watts
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 18, 2017 Shannon L Taylor
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Francis
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Cynthia goode Cruelty is not acceptable for entertaining ignorant masses! Stop it now!!
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Kidd Goodman
Nov 16, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Fisher
Nov 16, 2017 Stacy Anderson
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Nov 16, 2017 Donna Frye
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Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 LINDA REID
Nov 16, 2017 Sandra Herrera
Nov 16, 2017 Elizabeth Brooks
Nov 16, 2017 Elena Newton
Nov 16, 2017 melissa abers
Nov 16, 2017 Becca Polka
Nov 16, 2017 Victoria Peck
Nov 16, 2017 Cheri Moore
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Nov 15, 2017 Sue Mcguey
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Nov 15, 2017 Cyrille GOURMAUD
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Candris Madison
Nov 14, 2017 Melissa Mitchell
Nov 14, 2017 Lida Stevenson
Nov 14, 2017 Sandra Larsen
Nov 14, 2017 Graham Gove
Nov 12, 2017 margaret halley The Big Lick should be re-named the Big Sick.
Nov 11, 2017 Betty Geib
Nov 11, 2017 Linda Beach
Nov 11, 2017 catherine szabelski
Nov 11, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 10, 2017 Bob Smith
Nov 10, 2017 Morgan Macconaugha-Snyder
Nov 10, 2017 Julia Edinger
Nov 10, 2017 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
Nov 9, 2017 Susan Tucker
Nov 9, 2017 Nadine Duckworth
Nov 9, 2017 joanne conway it is all vanity !!! and cruelty as well. Soring is simply inhumane and MUST be stopped!!
Nov 9, 2017 Juliet Hogg

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