Good News! The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act has been reintroduced as H.R. 693 by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY)!
The PAST Act will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to finally put an end to the abusive practice known as horse soring (Big Lick) – the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds using chains, caustic chemicals and other cruel methods to force an artificially high-stepping gait that wins prizes in some horse shows. Though it’s been illegal for over 50 years, this abuse is still rampant in some quarters.
The PAST Act has earned broad bipartisan support – in the last Congress, it had 290 House cosponsors and 46 Senate cosponsors. It’s time to get this bill over the finish line!