Thank you for contacting me about Tennessee Walking Horses. I appreciate your correspondence and hope that you find this response helpful.
As you know, there is a type of horse abuse called “soring” wherein a horse’s natural gait is enhanced using chemicals or harsh training methods. This practice is sickening to anyone who loves and enjoys these animals. The Horse Protection Act, passed decades ago, outlaws this practice. If a trainer is convicted of abuses under the Act, they could spend up to 2 years in prison and receive fines of up to $5,000. However, this legislation must be strengthened. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would eliminate failed self-policing in the industry and explicitly prohibit certain devices used to practice soring.
I am proud to have a strong legislative record of protecting animals and promoting animal welfare programs, including passing legislation to implement better policies to protect and manage wild and free-roaming horses. You will be happy to know that I am a co-sponsor of the PAST Act and I am glad that we share a goal of minimizing the suffering of horses.
Thank you again for contacting me about this matter. I appreciate hearing from you and assure you that I will always do my best to represent the views of my constituents in the Senate. In the future, please do not hesitate to call me in my Connecticut office at (860) 549-8463 or in my Washington office at (202) 224-4041.
Every Best Wish,
Christopher S. Murphy
United States Senator