Pass the PAST Act to end the cruel practice of soring

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Dear Legislator,

As a constituent, I am writing to urge you to please cosponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 2957 / H.R. 1847) to end horse soring and do all you can to get it enacted quickly.

No horse should be made to suffer for a blue ribbon. "Soring" involves the intentional infliction of pain on a horse's legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an exaggerated, high-stepping gait known as the "Big Lick." Unscrupulous trainers use caustic chemicals that burn the horse's flesh, chains, cutting and heavy, stacked horseshoes to accomplish this artificial gait rewarded in show rings.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices associated with the soring of horses in the Tennessee walking, Racking and Spotted Saddle Horses breeds, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.

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