Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

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New bill would end self-regulation in show horse industry.
The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against "soring" -- hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait.

The barbaric practice, which we'll describe in a moment, was barred by legislation in 1970 -- but in 1976, the law was amended to allow for industry self-regulation. Which, as we all know, is the most effective kind of regulation. The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act would allow USDA-assigned inspectors to conduct spot inspections and ban certain pain-inducing devices from being used on horses that have already been sored.

The Senate's Commerce Committee -- which features Texas' very own Ted Cruz -- will vote on this Wednesday. (You can let your voice be heard via the HSUS' handy-dandy legislator shout-out form.)

Per the HSUS, methods of soring include:

Applying caustic chemicals, using oplastic wrap and tight bandages to "cook" those chemicals deep into the horse's flesh for days, attaching heavy chains to strike against the sore legs, inserting bolts, screws or other hard objects into sensitive areas of the hooves, cutting the hooves down to expose the live tissue, and using salicicylic acid or other painful substances to slough off scarred tissue in an attempt to disguise the sored areas. Sored horses often live in constant and extreme pain through their show ring careers.

So are we saying that only an asshole would sore a horse, and only an asshole would not want this bill passed? Yes. That is what we are saying.

The Humane Society's Keith Dane tells us via email that the PAST Act would "eliminate industry self-policing by requiring the USDA to assign a licensed inspector if the show's management indicates its intent to hire one. Licensed or accredited veterinarians, if available, would be given preference for these positions. The hiring of a licensed inspector remains voluntary and is not a mandate. The incentive for show management is to ensure an honest and fair show, and protect themselves from liability if soring is found at their show by a USDA spot inspection."

Dane adds: "The amendment is simple and does not cost the federal government any additional money. It is not a mandate, and it protects the health and integrity of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse industries, essentially saving jobs."

The bill has the support of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, among many others.



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rmj8757
rmj8757


  • The HSUS is not your local animal shelter. The HSUS has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over 150 million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 1 cent on the dollar to feed and shelter cats and dogs. The HSUS is being investigated for fraud and it was convicted of racketeering in Florida. More and more members of congress are questioning the tax free status of the HSUS because of its political activities. The HSUS IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. IT IS FOR A VEGETERIAN LIFE STYLE AND AGAINST EATING MEAT. The HSUS says it spends 79% of its money for animal welfare programs, but it does not say what they are. The HSUS has been accused of paying employees to abuse animals and videoing the abuse as proof that meat production should be stopped. The HSUS uses some of its money to change our eating habits and standard of living by working to outlaw farming methods which are used on family farms. The HSUS is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the HSUS is throwing money away on a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

craig.malisow
craig.malisow

@rmj8757  Seriously, dude, this article is about a bill that would help crack down on people who inflict pain on horses. I'm not sure what that has to do with your laundry list of unsubstantiated claims against HSUS. 

rmj8757
rmj8757

@craig.malisow @rmj8757 There are already laws to protect horses from soring. This is nothing more then a HSUS publicity stunt. The HSUS does things like this to raise money and then invest it off shore in the Cayman Islands. The HSUS puts more money in their pension fund, then it uses to feed dogs and cats. That is why it is being investigated. The real animal welfare groups don't get the money they need, because the HSUS and he ASPCA get it using slick ad campaigns. So the animals suffer.  

rmj8757
rmj8757

@TeamSAXON @rmj8757 What is ignorant about wanting laws based on fact and not emotions. What the HSUS wants is subjective and not really done for the protection of the animals. Watch this video and you will see what I mean.


http://youtu.be/truh0aGOvFM

rmj8757
rmj8757

Please name the bad people.

rmj8757
rmj8757

No, it made a whole lot of good people who own horses mad. Like most HSUS sponsored legislation it is excessive and can be interpreted to stop anything from how you shoe your horse to how you treat injuries to your horses. It is more law then is necessary.

rmj8757
rmj8757

No, it made a whole lot of good people who own horses mad. Like most HSUS sponsored legislation it is excessive and can be interpreted to stop anything from how you shoe your horse to how you treat injuries to your horses. It is more law then is necessary.

animal.lover
animal.lover

@rmj8757 @jennifer.hardacre @craig.malisow  

You are correct in saying that most TWH people are good but that is only because most of them do not abuse their horses like the big lick people do. Anyone who defends the big lickers has been duped. The HSUS has done a whole lot of good for animals and has apparently made a lot of bad people mad in the process.

rmj8757
rmj8757

@jennifer.hardacre @rmj8757@craig.malisow  Most people involved in Tenn. Horse walking are good and honorable people. What you want to do is paint them all bad for the actions of a very few. You want to make a Federal case out of it. We can't afford to enforce the laws we have, so how is passing another one going to make it any better. You have been duped by the HSUS, who has been found guilty of racketeering for paying people to lie in court. The HSUS has no compassion for animals, only filling its own bank accounts.   

jennifer.hardacre
jennifer.hardacre

@rmj8757 @craig.malisow  You have been drinking far  too much of Rick Berman's koolaid. It is not the mandate of HSUS to run shelters, for example, but to investigate situations of animal abuse and neglect in such settings as factory farms and puppy mills,  and to collaborate with  local SPCAs to rescue and rehouse animals. As for the anti-soring bill, it has been painfully obvious (pun intended!) for almost 50 years that the owners and trainers of big lick horses have no intention of quitting their criminal activity. The PAST act (NOT a HSUS creation, but based on its findings) is  absolutely necessary to stop the abuse of Tennessee Walkers. As for who is stashing $$$ in offshore tax havens, that would be Rick Berman himself - who has certainly duped you but good.


rapaloosa
rapaloosa

@rmj8757 @craig.malisow  The laws in place are not doing much to prevent soring.  As long as the walking horse shows with the pads and chains goes on there will be soring. There are not even enough USDA inspectors to cover the shows and the self policing has been non existent.  Anything that can be done to stop this is a step in the right direction!

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