The American Horse Council urges members of the horse community to contact their Senators to voice their support for the PAST Act today!
Attached is a sample letter addressed to Sen. Crapo, who is a prime candidate to introduce the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act this year. You can personalize or adapt the letter – which describes and summarizes the benefits of the bill – as you see fit.
The staff contact in the DC office is Andrew Earl, who can be reached at Andrew_Earl@crapo.senate.gov. Just to let you know, I believe that the
Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 or the PAST Act (Identical to 2016 bill)
This bill amends the Horse Protection Act to establish a new system for inspecting
horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act, and modify enforcement
procedures. The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse’s limb to
produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish requirements to license, train,
assign, and oversee persons hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions,
sales, or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses. A license may not be issued to a
person with conflicts of interest, and USDA must give preference to veterinarians. USDA
may revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance. USDA must assign licensed
inspectors after receiving notice that management intends to hire the inspectors. An
inspector must issue a citation for violations and notify USDA of violations. USDA must
publish information on violations of this bill and disqualify a horse that is sore.
The bill prohibits a person in any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction from causing
or directing a horse to become sore for the purpose of showing, exhibiting, selling, or
auctioning the horse.
The bill prohibits the use of specified devices on a Tennessee Walking, a Racking, or a
Spotted Saddle horse at a show, exhibition, sale, or auction.
The bill increases the maximum criminal and civil liability penalties for certain violations.
USDA may disqualify violators from specified activities related to horse shows,
exhibitions, sales, and auctions.