Horse Protection Amendments Act

(H.R. 4105/S. 1161)

This legislation amends the Horse Protection Act to create one governing body, the Horse Industry Organization (HIO), to manage the inspection and penalty process against “soring” horses throughout the walking horse show industry. The bill places requirements on how and which individuals are appointed to the single HIO board. It also changes what inspection methods can be used and what they can include.

Status: Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.-4) introduced H.R. 4105 on Nov. 19, 2015, and it was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

On April 30, 2015, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced S. 1161, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Defeat
Primary Contact: Dr. Mark Lutschaunig