Prevent All Soring Tactics Act
(H.R. 3268/S. 1121)
This bill amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to designate additional unlawful acts with regard to the practice of soring horses. It also strengthens penalties for violations and improves USDA enforcement. Specific provisions include: defining an "action device" as any boot, collar, chain, roller, or other device that encircles or is placed upon the lower extremity of the leg of a horse; clarifying that the term "management" includes the sponsoring organization and the event manager; creating a penalty structure that requires horses to be disqualified for an increasing period of time based on the number of violations (from 180 days up to 3 years); requiring the USDA to license, train, assign and oversee inspectors who enforce the HPA; making the actual act of soring illegal and/or directing another person to cause a horse to become sore illegal; prohibiting the use of action devices on any limb of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, or Racking Horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions; banning the use of weighted shoes, pads, wedges, hoof bands, or other devices that are not strictly protective or therapeutic in nature; increasing civil and criminal penalties for violators; requiring a period of time where show horses are banned from participating in shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions for one or more violations; and disqualifying violators permanently upon their third or higher violation.
Status: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.-3) introduced H.R. 3268 on July 28, 2015 and it was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
On April 28, 2015, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced S. 1121 and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Passage
Primary Contact: Dr. Mark Lutschaunig