The Queen’s Honored Horseman has submitted more than 50 pages of supporting documentation of the “injury” of the horses, which was addressed by Congress in full force today.
— US Rep. Jan Schakowski, D-Ill.
CHICAGO, IL, USA, September 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce today passed the Prevention of All Tactical Actions (PAST) Act, HR 5441, by a vote of 46 to 9, which will now take the measure to the House for a vote. .
The essence of this measure has been introduced to every Congress since 2012. PAST will amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970 to help end sores—the deliberate infliction of pain on the forelimbs of Tennessee walking, standing, and spotted riding horses. applying caustic chemicals to the skin or sticking sharp objects into the hooves to achieve an artificial high stride, known as the “big lick”, prized in small rural areas of Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Animal Wellness Action leaders advocated for the passage of the bill with an executive director. Marty Irby testifying in support of the measure at a Subcommittee on Legislation hearing in 2013.
Today Animal Wellness Action sent an email and more 50 pages supporting materials to the House Energy and Commerce Committee to further supplement the 330+ pages submitted during the May Subcommittee hearing on the bill and subsequent documentation during the Subcommittee markup on the PAST Act a few months ago.
“As you know, the late queen was a big advocate for horses and apparently had her say on this legislation at some point,” said House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Szakowski, Illinois, lifelong equestrian and longtime co-leader of the Council. PAST Take action during markup today. “I also want to thank all the lawyers who have worked hard over the years.”
“We are excited to see this move in Congress to help ensure that horses are treated fairly in the US through the PAST Act following the departure of my dear friend Queen Elizabeth II,” he said. Monty Roberts, “The Man Who Listens to Horses”, one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s most confidantes. “Sores are a terrible practice that I have worked with Marty Irby to eradicate for the past 17 years, and Her Majesty was well aware of our efforts to stop it. She was inspired to honor Marty Irby with recognition in 2020 for his work on this issue.”
“We applaud subcommittee chairman Jan Szakowski, committee leaders, and every member of the US House of Representatives who has long supported the PAST Act, which will end America’s most egregious horse abuse,” said Marty Irby, who is also an eight-time world champion. equestrian champion and former president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
“Our civilization was built on the backs of horses, and it is high time for us to properly protect them. Like the double rainbow that the world saw after the death of Queen Elizabeth, I believe we are witnessing a natural disaster with this movement of the PAST. The reason for ending the abusive practice of soring has found a new angel and I am so grateful that this law has been passed through the entire Committee for the first time in 10 years.” Irby added.
In 2020, Irby was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work in ending disease and protecting American horses. His latest written work on sorring and the queen, published this month by NBC News, can be found here. Related stories here about Monty Roberts of the New York Times and Marty Irby of AL.com.
“I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives Committee for advancing the PAST Act, which I have worked with Monty Roberts and Marty Irby to pass for the past 9 years,” said Carl Bledsoe, a lifelong Tennessee walking horse trainer working to promote natural and more humane training. . principles and concepts. “The time has come to see an end to the plagues that have plagued these horses we love so dearly for too long, and I urge Congress to quickly pass the PAST Act.”
PAST Law, HR 5441/S. 2295, was introduced to the 117th Congress by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo, D-Aidada, and Mark Warner, D-Va, and Representatives Steve Cohen, D-T, Vern Buchanan, D-F, Brian Fitzpatrick. , R-Pa., Schakowsky, and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., DVM, the only veterinarian in Congress. It was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 333 to 96 in 2019 and was renamed the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Past Act at the request of the Tydings family in honor of the late senator who passed away in late 2018. The bill is dead. upon arrival in the Senate due to a lack of support from key leaders in the Upper House.
PAST will eliminate the use of large, stacked horseshoes and ankle chains worn on horses’ hooves to exacerbate pain during display and induce Big Face; update the USDA’s inspection program; and provide for felony-level penalties to give the HPA teeth.
Following the passage of PAST in the House of Representatives in 2019, Animal Wellness Action leaders spent 19 months working with the industry on amendments to the bill, which were to receive support from leading Tennessee walking horse organizations and Senators from Tennessee and Kentucky, who already long opposed the measure. They also worked with breed leaders to secure record funding of over $3 million to enforce the Horse Protection Act in 2022 and over $4 million in funding for 2023 in the U.S. House of Representatives Farm Expenditure Bill. The opportunity to make changes to PAST still remains with the leaders of the Tennessee Walking Horse, who have recognized that the pain must be stopped.
Click here to visit the Animal Wellness Action PAST Act microsite and here to watch Irby and Roberts discuss the ulcer and PAST Act in detail.
Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting anti-cruelty laws. We stand for causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate policies to end dog and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty, as well as to oppose factory farming and other systematic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent violence, we encourage the adoption of good government policies and work to enforce them. To pass good laws, we must elect good legislators, and so we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.
Wellness action for animals
write to us here
Monty Roberts and Marty Irby discuss horse protection after The Move in June 2021.