I have wonderful news to share today! The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced strict new rules to crack down on horse soring — a barbaric practice that The HSUS put in the spotlight with ground-breaking undercover investigations.
With the release of its final rule to upgrade Horse Protection Act regulations, the USDA has banned the use of stacks, chains and other medieval devices used in horse soring — where trainers injure the feet and legs of horses in order to exaggerate their natural gait. The rule also eliminates the corrupt inspection program that places the very people abusing horses in charge of enforcing the law.
This is a huge win for horses, and you and The HSUS were there every step of the way. It’s because of advocates like you that this unthinkable cruelty will soon be a thing of the past — thank you. Your calls, letters and comments were essential in this years-long effort, and horses would not have had this victory without you.
Thank you to President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for taking this important anti-cruelty action. We will have to be vigilant that President-elect Trump and a handful of opponents in Congress do not interfere with implementation of this rule and will keep you updated with any developments. Read more about this historic win for horses on my blog»
Thank you for making today an incredible day for horses.