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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


Jun 20, 2018 Vitor Costa
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Jun 20, 2018 Donatella Rad
Jun 20, 2018 nat dicesare
Jun 20, 2018 Caroline Joels
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Denise Inkel
Jun 20, 2018 Sarah Rowan
Jun 20, 2018 Roxanne Asel
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Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Caroline Bird
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Jun 19, 2018 Liv D
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Tonie Hernandez
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Jun 19, 2018 Katie Parker
Jun 19, 2018 Erin Faz
Jun 19, 2018 Sally Coup
Jun 19, 2018 Emma Berlin
Jun 19, 2018 Lisa Heloskie
Jun 19, 2018 Alina Axt
Jun 19, 2018 Carly Fowler
Jun 18, 2018 Alanna Dragomanovich
Jun 18, 2018 Monika Rüter
Jun 18, 2018 Ellen Leary This is an antiquated practice and people do not want animals abused for our pleasure.
Jun 18, 2018 Jamie McNail
Jun 18, 2018 rena fafalios
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Jim Quinn
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 farah amlashi
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Jakubanis
Jun 17, 2018 Anellysa Campos
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Jackie Maloof
Jun 17, 2018 Iris Pfelders
Jun 17, 2018 Lynette Schultz
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Jun 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Jun 17, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
Jun 16, 2018 Kaiching Yang ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) wrote that "We owe the animals not mercy but justice..."
Jun 16, 2018 S Robinson Stop this now how would you like it if someone did this to you to make you do something you didn't want to do
Jun 16, 2018 Evgeniya Vyatchanina
Jun 16, 2018 Rachel Duncan Disgusting practice, needs to be banned and actually enforced!
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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