Yoho Urges Soring Rule Approval Before Administration Change

Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) is the primary sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in the current Congress.

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United States Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) and 180 of his bipartisan colleagues have asked USDA chief Tom Vilsack to finalize the latest proposed Horse Protection Act (HPA) rule change before a new president is elected in November. Yoho is the primary sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.

The HPA, which prohibits soring, is enforced by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and tasks the agency with certifying horse industry organization and training designated qualified persons to carry out HPA compliance inspections.

Under the proposed change, APHIS would assume responsibility for training, screening, and licensing inspectors at horse shows, including a new contingent of veterinarians and veterinary technicians who would be required to follow APHIS rules and standards of conduct. The rule would also ban the use of all action devices, pads, and foreign substances at shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. The USDA said the ban would align the HPA regulations with existing U.S. Equestrian Federation standards.

The public initially had until Sept. 26 to comment on the proposed rule changes. However, that deadline was extended to Oct. 26

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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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