(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 30, 2013—The
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released U.S. Department of
Agricultural (USDA) video footage of their veterinarians
inspecting a horse to determine if it has been subject to the abusive practice
known as soring at a recent walking horse event.
Soring, illegal for more than 40
years in this country, is the harmful act of intentionally inflicting pain on Tennessee
Walking Horses and other gaited breeds through the use of chemical and physical
means, such as hard acrylic wedged in between a horse’s shoe pads and sole, the
application irritants like kerosene or
cinnamon oil, or overly tight metal hoof bands. The extreme pain caused by
these caustic agents and/or physical devices induces the horse to lift its legs
faster and higher, increasing its chance of winning in competitions.
shot earlier this month, shows USDA inspectors testing for and apparently finding
evidence of soring.
Recently, the AVMA praised Congress
for introducing legislation, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST)
Act (S. 1406), which gives the USDA greater authority to enforce
regulations and penalize those involved in the inhumane act of soring.
“This USDA video underscores the concern that the
cruel and illegal practice of soring is still a big problem in the walking
horse industry. This is why the AVMA fully supports passage of the PAST Act,”
says Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the AVMA. “Despite the fact that soring has been
illegal for more than 40 years under the Horse Protection Act, we are still
seeing these inhumane practices inflicted on the nation’s walking horses. This
new USDA video footage illustrates the need for the PAST Act to strengthen the
USDA’s ability to prevent soring and the resulting suffering of the horses who
are victims of this practice.”
The USDA video can be viewed on the AVMA’s YouTube