Soring is a cruel practice that includes use of caustic chemicals that 'cook' into the horse’s flesh and forcing horses to wear heavy, binding, high-heel-like shoes, and metal chains around their sored ankles.
It's infuriating that after decades of continued equine cruelty, the Biden Administration withdrew USDA's 2017 final rule without urgently pressing forward with the new The Horse Protection Act rule.
In a court filing, USDA said that it plans to withdraw the 2017 rule which protects Tennessee walking and racking horse breeds from the cruel practice of soring and practices known as the 'Big Lick'.
National governing bodies of equestrian sport have implemented rules to ensure the welfare of horses, but in the Tennessee walking horse universe, leadership has spent decades blocking reform.
The Horse racing Integrity and Safety Act will enforce new strict national regulations that limit the use of medications in horse racing, as well as increase testing and toughen enforcement.
Working with the Jockey Club, Animal Wellness Action helped secure statutory repair to the 2020 Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, after a federal appellate court questioned one key provision.
Animal Wellness Action's mission is helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty and championing causes that alleviate the suffering of animals.
Horse ‘soring’ is one of the worst cruelties imaginable—where scofflaw trainers deliberately torment Tennessee walking horses to get them to fling their front legs high, just to win a blue ribbon in a show ring.
The equine industry was confronted with many challenges during the past two years related to the pandemic, making supply chain disruptions, worker shortages, taxes, public land access the focus of advocacy efforts.
Monty Roberts, 'the Man Who Listens to Horses,' one of Queen Elizabeth II's most trusted confidants notes that 'Soring is a terrible practice that I have been working with Marty Irby for the past 17 years to eradicate.