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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


Jul 19, 2018 Tina Heltzel
Jul 19, 2018 A.C. Samuel
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Allan Foxworthy
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Neusa De-Veylder
Jul 19, 2018 Kathy Snavely Animals were NOT put on this earth for entertainment. What if a "superior" species treated humans in the same way that we treat our animals?
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 18, 2018 Gabrielle Huang
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName760642546119176 jmetetlastName484584649508380 jmeterComment69
Jul 18, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Jul 18, 2018 Vera Justino
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 17, 2018 Pat Rankin
Jul 17, 2018 David Sickles
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Marsha Cruea
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Just plain sick!
Jul 17, 2018 Ingeborg Perner
Jul 17, 2018 Cynthia Elsensohn
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Salivar-Keene
Jul 17, 2018 Stéphanie MONCADE
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Janet Lyons-Fairbanks
Jul 17, 2018 Shawn Grause
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Voletta Chavis
Jul 17, 2018 Maureen Ebner
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Suzan Caylen
Jul 16, 2018 Harry Anchan
Jul 16, 2018 Catherine Kellaway
Jul 15, 2018 RACHEL LOVE
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Terry Hicks
Jul 13, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
Jul 13, 2018 Lynn Lang
Jul 13, 2018 caroline morrison
Jul 13, 2018 Judith Helton This is a heartless inhumane technique that feeds on ego and money.
Jul 13, 2018 Glenys Rawdon
Jul 12, 2018 STEFANIE SLATER
Jul 12, 2018 Randy Morgan
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 11, 2018 Elizabeth Trapp

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