Pass the PAST Act to end horse abuse

The life of many Tennessee walking horses is filled with fear and pain. Unscrupulous trainers intentionally inflict 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. They use a variety of gruesome techniques, including caustic chemicals that burn the horse's flesh, chains, and heavy, stacked horseshoes to accomplish this artificial gait. Some trainers even 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 front legs.

No horse should be made to suffer for a blue ribbon -- it is time that this cruelty, which is known as “soring,” is stopped for good. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693/S. 1007, would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture.

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor the PAST Act if they have not already, and if they have, thank them! You can find the cosponsor list here and look up your legislators' phone numbers. You can say: "I'm a constituent, and I urge you to cosponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693/S. 1007. If you're already cosponsoring the PAST Act, thank you for your support and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly."

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Dear Legislator,

As a constituent, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693/S. 1007, 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 front legs.

Sincerely,
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