Horse Health

Bipartisan U.S. House Delegation from Illinois Champions Passage of Anti Horse Cruelty Legislation in a Landslide

Source: EIN Presswire

“The PAST Act moves to the Senate with a clear message—the American people will not stand for animal cruelty in any form.”

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 30, 2019 / — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, by a vote of 333 to 96. Bipartisan U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Mike Bost, Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Daniel Lipinski, Jesus Garcia, Mike Quigley, Sean Casten, Danny Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Bradley Schneider, Bill Foster, Rodney Davis, Lauren Underwood, John Shimkus, Adam Kinzinger, Cheri Bustos, and Darin LaHood – the entire House Delegation from Illinois – all cosponsors of the bill – voted in support of the measure.

The PAST Act seeks to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the torturous, painful practice of soring Tennessee Walking, Racking, and Spotted Saddle Horses. Soring, the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ front limbs by applying caustic chemicals such as mustard oil or kerosene or inserting sharp objects into the horses’ hooves to create an exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick,” has plagued the equine world for six decades.

“I am immensely proud to have played a role in the passage of this bill and of the bipartisan collaboration of the entire Illinois delegation in helping end the despicable practice of horse soring,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, the subcommittee which has jurisdiction over the PAST Act. “This legislation is long overdue and will protect these magnificent horses from unscrupulous trainers. The PAST Act moves to the Senate with a clear message—the American people will not stand for animal cruelty in any form.”

“We applaud the Illinois House delegation for voting to pass the PAST Act, and we thank Subcommittee Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky for her key role in the passage of the bill to end this barbaric and indefensible practice that has marred the horse show world for decades,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association. “The entire Illinois delegation’s support of the bill is a powerful signal to the Senate that it should saddle up and end this cruelty to horses once and for all.”

“Decades ago, lawmakers came together to oppose the cruel practice of horse soring,” said Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02). “Sadly, this abusive practice continues today. With the PAST Act, Congress is once again coming together to oppose this cruelty with a singular voice. We are saying: ‘this practice is cruel and abusive; it ends now.’”

The bill had been blocked for years by a handful of well-placed lawmakers, but a new House rule now triggers consideration of any measure that attracts 290 or more cosponsors brought the issue to the floor. The PAST Act attracted 308 cosponsors and was led by U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Schakowsky, and Chris Collins (R-NY). The Senate companion bill is led by U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and has garnered 40 cosponsors.

The PAST Act would ban the use of painful large stacked shoes and ankle chains and would also eliminate the existing system of self-regulation by the industry and toughen penalties for violators of the Horse Protection Act.

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  1. Sure is about time – now to see if the reps from the states that allow this will actually step up OR even if it will be brought to the floor by the majority “leader”!

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  2. Just saw the pictures from the Triple B roundup – mares & babies – they have no idea whats happening to them. Such beautiful animals – whats being done to them is shameful – as always.

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    • Thank you Maggie for bringing that to everyone’s attention

      This from AWHC

      Day 3: July 11, 2019

      Powerful ranchers, like the Goicoechea family
      (State Senator Pete Goicoechea and his son Nevada State Veterinarian JJ Goicoechea) hold permits to graze their livestock on our public lands in the area at vastly below market rates that are subsidized with our tax dollars.

      On a separate note, the Triple B roundup is proving that the rancher claims of wild horse overpopulation and mass starvation are patently false. In Triple B – an area that is the focus of complaints about wild horse “overpopulation,” the horses being rounded up are extremely fit and healthy and their habitat is visibly green and lush with abundant forage.

      The trap site was moved again today and our observation was abysmal at around 1.5 miles away from the trap site. The helicopter contractors ran horses from distances as far as 3-5 miles away. We watched as the helicopter contractors stampeded the first group for around 45 minutes or longer, foals included and kept going back for individual horses. The contractors ran the second group for at least an hour and a half.

      For 30 minutes the helicopters focused on a group of just three horses, a mare and her foal and what looked to be a stallion. The foal dropped behind from the group, slowed down and disappeared from our camera’s view. He appeared again approximately 30 minutes later when a wrangler on horseback rode out and roped him. They walked slowly with the exhausted foal back to the trap site which was a 20-25 minute walk.

      Animals captured: 94 (47 Studs, 34 Mares, 13 Foals)

      Total deaths today: 2
      Causes of death: 6-year-old, Palomino mare, euthanized: “laceration”; 9-year-old Bay mare, euthanized: “laceration”


  3. Good questions, arent they? Ought to be the observers answering them! Sounds like IF they can find 800 horses & remove them – Triple B will be a pretty lonely place for a wild horse to be. Like I said shameful in every sense of the word. And whats more shameful – the representatives who are allowing it should have to BE THERE and WATCH – as these native animals are removed from OUR public lands.
    Good old Cattoor – man, they keep right on making millions off US – the taxpayers. And they killed these mares for a “laceration”! BLM certainly is able to confine horses for branding, injections, “aging” but this same confinement wouldnt allow a vet to stitch up a cut? I realize they are wild – but they anesthetize stallions (we hope) for gelding – but are not able to treat a wound! IS there a vet at these roundups?


    • Don’t forget here ovariectomies are also lacerations — internal and intentional — and relentlessly pursued by the BLM as “minimal” and ethical management.

      It tells quite a story that the NV state vet and family hold grazing permits, so no doubt have little concern or interest in wild horse health care. Where are their public statements regarding treating wild horse injuries?


  4. There needs to be an “Occupy Public Lands” movement Maggie and LOTS of witnesses to the vile actions that are perpetrated upon these animals.
    When a crime is committed, which party is more guilty…the hired thug that carries out the crime or the profiteers that hire him?

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