This Wednesday, June 18, at 1:00 the All American Walking Horse Alliance (AAWHA) will lead a gathering in Washington DC to bring awareness to our nation's top legislators of the horrors of soreing, and to encourage members of congress to support passage of the PAST Act (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act).
This gathering will bring Tennessee Walking/Spotted Saddle/Racking Horses to the U. S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd Street SW on Union Square to encourage legislative support for passage of the PAST Act and to alert the public to the urgency of this legislation. The horses will perform in an exhibition designed to showcase their innate abilities and temperament.
The PAST Act is an amendment to the original Horse Protection Act of 1970. Upon passage, penalties for soring will increase, enforcement will once again reside with the USDA and devices implicated in the abuse of soring will be banned.
AAWHA spokesperson Jeannie McGuire of Unionville, Virginia said, "We hope to bring public attention and legislative action to this bipartisan legislation. Endorsements have been received by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the United States Equestrian Federation and the American Horse Council. Other animal welfare organizations including the ASPCA and the Humane Society support the bill."
The All American Walking Horse Alliance is comprised of Americans from across the nation and from all walks of life, bound together by an abiding love for America’s gaited horses. They are committed to nurturing the future of these kind and gentle horses as America’s most treasured and cherished equine. Their mission is to bring an end to abusive training practices while creating a purposeful and productive future for these most beloved breeds.
The PAST ACT (HR 1518) presently has 286 co-sponsors in the U. S. House of Representatives which is 66% of the 435 members. The PAST ACT (S. 1406) has 54 U.S. Senators endorsing it, and S. 1406 was unanimously reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on April 9, 2014
To learn more about this event and the AAWHA visit their Facebook Page - HERE
And their website - HERE
Let's all help to get this important legislation passed, and stop the torture of innocent horses. Your help can give voice to the voiceless.
Gitty Up~ Dutch henry