Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Pass legislation that would end abusive treatment of performing horses
Soring is a cruel technique used to train performing horses to walk with a high-stepping gait. It involves such horrific techniques as applying blistering agents, burns, lacerations, sharp objects and other tortures to a horse’s limbs to make it painful for a horse to walk naturally. We must encourage congress to pass legislation that bans this inhumane practice once and for all.
A new bill entitled the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act has been presented in congress. If passed, the bill will prohibit the use of soring techniques toward horses for any reason other than legitimate therapy. The bill would also eliminate the current ineffective self-regulating and reporting procedure and instead assign a USDA licensed inspector to scrutinize horse shows, sales and auctions. This new law goes as far as eliminating the use of weighted hoofs and friction inducing ankle chains.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been working hard to prevent soring for years. It helped to encourage the federal government to consider this law to ban soring, while also locally investigating organizations suspected of administering the technique. The HSUS are especially on the lookout for the practice of pressure shoeing, which they describe as, “cutting a horse’s hoof almost to the quick and tightly nailing on a shoe, or standing a horse for hours with the sensitive part of his soles on a block or other raised object. This causes excruciating pressure and pain whenever the horse puts weight on the hoof.”
It is imperative to the welfare of performing horses that soring is banned and effectively reported at the federal level. By signing the petition below, you will help to urge House Speaker John Boehner to do everything in his power to see that the bill to ban soring is passed through congress.
Dear John Boehner,
I was pleased to learn that congress is considering a bill that would prevent the horrific practice of soring on horses. It is imperative to the welfare of performing horses that soring is banned and effectively reported at the federal level.
As you know, soring involves such horrific techniques as applying blistering agents, burns, lacerations, sharp objects and other tortures to a horse’s limbs to make it painful for a horse to walk naturally. The bill to ban soring would not only prevent these practices from continuing, it would also promote effective reporting and regulation to ensure that individuals who apply soring techniques are held accountable for their actions.
I am asking you to do everything in your power to encourage your fellow members of congress to pass this important bill and ban soring once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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