Pass the PAST Act to end horse abuse

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Dear Senator,

As a constituent, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, S. 2295, and do all you can to get this vital legislation enacted quickly, to end the cruel "soring" of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds.

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" that is rewarded in some show rings. Unscrupulous trainers use caustic chemicals that burn the horse's flesh, chains, and heavy, stacked horseshoes to cheat and win prizes. They cut the hooves down to the delicate tissue and jam in hard or sharp objects to make the pain even more excruciating whenever the horse puts weight on his or her front legs. They use electric shock and other gruesome methods to teach the horse not to flinch during inspection.

The PAST Act would amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices integral to soring, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.

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