At this time, legislation is winding through Congress – HR1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act – to curb the malicious practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses.
The new law will remove the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Horses, and make horse soring a felony.
According to Pat Stout, vice president of the Horse Shows division of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry, known in the horse industry as TWHBEA, 1,795 members of the association voted in a polling Initiative. They cast their ballots resulting in landslide approval of the passage of the soring legislation before Congress [by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin].
Stout released a letter from CPA Greg Cook on October 15 that certified his tabulation of poll results that showed 1795 TWHBEA members, or 26 percent, voted in the poll. The poll question posed was:
I am FOR passage of HR 1518/S. 1406 – “Prevent All Soring Tactics” Act to remove the pads and chains in order to end the public perception of soring and abuse presently associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed, to eliminate HIOs and to increase penalties for soring.
Stout thanked members, saying,
I express my appreciation for all who participated and thank them for voting for the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
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