American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John de Jong released the following statement in response to today's passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation will provide critical enforcement mechanisms to end the practice of horse soring, which is the cruel and inhumane act of deliberately causing a horse pain to exaggerate its gait and gain an advantage in horse shows. The bill will now move to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
"AVMA has worked with Congress for many years to stop the cruel and inhumane act of horse soring," said AVMA President Dr. John de Jong. "We're delighted to see lawmakers working across the aisle to advance this important legislation and provide horses with the protection from abuse that they so badly need. Thank you particularly to Representatives Kurt Schrader and Ted Yoho for their efforts on this issue. We are looking forward to working with Senate lawmakers to further support this legislation, and we won't stop until the PAST Act becomes law and the soring of horses gets left in the past!"