Bill Would be Alternative to PAST Legislation

The Horse Magazine

By Pat Raia, February 28, 2014

A bill that would give federal lawmakers an alternate way to prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

Last year, U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) introduced HR 1518, or the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, to amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970. That bill would increase penalties for anyone who sores a horse; would require the USDA assign a licensed inspector if a Tennessee Walking Horse show management indicates its intent to hire one; and would forbid the use of action devices, including metal chains, and stacks and pads used in performance packages. HR 1518 remains pending in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Committee.

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