House Members Reintroduce PAST Act

Reps. Ted Yoho and Kurt Schrader introduced the legislation that would stiffen penalties for those convicted of soring.

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A pair of Congressmen have once again introduced legislation that would amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA), which forbids soring, to stiffen penalties for those convicted of the practice.

Introduced on March 30 by Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), HR 1847, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, would increase penalties for those convicted of violating the HPA. It would also forbid trainers from using action devices, performance packages, stacks, and some chains in training and performance. The legislation would also require the USDA to assign a licensed inspector if Tennessee Walking Horse show management indicates intent to hire one.

The legislation is identical to the measure Yoho introduced in 2015, but which never became law.

Meanwhile, on March 2, Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) intrudoced HR 1338, the Horse Protection Amendments, a PAST Act alternative. The bill, which mirrors legislation previously introduced by Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would amend the HPA to establish new testing criteria for horses protected under the legislation. In addition, the measure would establish new inspection protocols, based on veterinarian input, which would be administered by a single Horse Industry Organization

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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