April X, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Please join a growing number of your House colleagues by agreeing to cosponsor the bipartisan “U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2019” (H.R. 693). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Kurt Schroeder (D-OR), Ted Yolo (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY) will build on progress made toward improved treatment of horses since enactment of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970.
The “Joe Tydings Memorial PAST Act” lays out a common sense solution to prevent the continued practice of taking action on a horse's limb to produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness. H.R. 693 amends the HPA to establish a new system for inspecting horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act, and modify enforcement procedures.
The scope of the bill is limited. It outlines a specific and limited framework that will focus enforcement efforts on three horse breeds that continue to be the target of soring practices. The treatment of these select breeds stands in stark contrast to the dramatic decline in the overall mistreatment of horses that has occurred since enactment of the HPA 40 years ago.
If you haven’t already done so, please co-sponsor H.R. 693. I look forward to working with you to make sure that this common sense bill becomes law.