House Passes Act Outlawing Soring Of Horses

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed announced Thursday the passage of the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019, which would amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to designate “soring” among the unlawful acts under the Act.

Soring is a practice used by horse trainers to deliberately inflict pain in order to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of their horses and gain an unfair advantage at horse shows, which involves using chemical agents such as mustard oil and diesel fuel to burn the horses’ legs to accentuate their leaps. This bill also bans the use of all devices implicated in the practice of soring.

“New Jersey is home to thousands of companion, show, and sport horses. I believe we need to do all we can to protect horses from cruel practices like soring,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer. “That is why I was proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan PAST Act and I commend Congressman Schrader on his leadership combating this issue.”

“We care about ensuring all animals are treated fairly and are not abused. This is just another common sense bipartisan bill to reach the floor thanks to the Problem Solvers Caucus implemented House rules,” said Rep. Tom Reed.

The bill received priority consideration on the House floor by having more than 290 bipartisan cosponsors.

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