On behalf of the equine sector, which supports nearly one million U.S. jobs and contributes $122 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), I urge you to co-sponsor the bipartisan Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2019 (S. 1007). This important bill builds on progress made toward improved treatment of horses since enactment of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970. In early April, Sens. Crapo (R-ID) and Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of nine other original cosponsors to re-introduce the bill and move it forward.
The PAST Act outlines a common sense solution to prevent the continued practice of taking action on a horse's limb to produce an accentuated gait during competition. Furthermore, the scope of the bill is limited. It lays out a specific framework that focuses 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 during the 1970s.
If you have any questions about S. 1007 and its importance to the well-being of horses in our state, please contact me. Thank you very much for your consideration of this important issue for the equine industry.