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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 17, 2018 GARRETT STATES
Aug 17, 2018 Irene Macdonald
Aug 16, 2018 Michelyn Martirez
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Kristi Teske
Aug 15, 2018 Giselle White
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 14, 2018 M T A corn or bunion is painful to humans, Why hurt horses or other animals with such torture?!
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Robert Stroud
Aug 13, 2018 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) There are horses that naturally step high. Do not allow competitions with horses that need to be tortured.
Aug 12, 2018 William Batt
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 9, 2018 Sabrina Renault
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Sherri Gallegos
Aug 6, 2018 sharon nelson
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 5, 2018 Mary Ainsworth We are the most advanced country in the world yet we are not perfect in the treatment of our animals.This barbaric practice MUST STOP!
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 Lisa Marrs ALL ANIMALS ARE IMPORTANT AND MUST BE PROTECTED!!
Aug 3, 2018 Jacky Kusterer
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Denise webb
Aug 3, 2018 Xiomara Somarriba
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers I hate seeing any animals doing tricks because you know the training process is not a happy time. Animals were not put on earth to entertain let them live free in peace.
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 L Spears
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 28, 2018 hameau catherine
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 BROOKE SMITH WHAT BLOCK OF "OWNERS" ARE PAYING FOR THIS PROTECTION? WE ALL KNOW THE TRUMP ADMIN. IS RUN BY "WHOEVER PAYS THE MOST". WHO IS IT ON THIS INHUMANE PRACTICE? IT SHOULD BE DONE TO YOU!!
Jul 28, 2018 Cherie Chantal
Jul 28, 2018 Helen Jones
Jul 28, 2018 Terri Gordon-Davis
Jul 27, 2018 Stephanie Brake
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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