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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


Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 donna fultz
Feb 21, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 21, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Feb 21, 2018 Kim Sellon
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 20, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 20, 2018 Jennifer Gaffney
Feb 20, 2018 Ash Rawal
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Yvonne White
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 holly greaver
Feb 19, 2018 Christine Geise
Feb 18, 2018 Katha Kerr
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 18, 2018 Christine Covindassamy
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 17, 2018 Anuja Mukherjee
Feb 16, 2018 Patricia Streeter
Feb 15, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Feb 15, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Feb 15, 2018 Patrice GARCIA
Feb 15, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 14, 2018 Rémy Nadia
Feb 14, 2018 Mary Perry
Feb 14, 2018 Carol Felicello
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 13, 2018 Had akd
Feb 12, 2018 Brian Martin
Feb 11, 2018 Olga P
Feb 11, 2018 Patsy Crouch
Feb 11, 2018 Audrey Blackwell If you are using torture to get Horses to step higher then you do not deserve to own them.
Feb 11, 2018 Margit Maguire
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 9, 2018 Deborah Kerns People claim to love their horses but don't mind torturing them!!
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 7, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 7, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2018 Craig Kramer Animals are not for human entertainment.

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