“Our mission is to preserve, protect, and defend the agriculture industry of America’s Showhorse.”
-established by HPAS Board of Directors Feb 21st 2020
Our current focus
S1007 or the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act was written and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, (HSUS), a radical animal rights organization with close ties to PETA and similar groups. The Horse Protection Act (HPA) is a federal law that exists to regulate the already illegal practice of soring horses and prohibits sored horses from participating in shows, exhibition, sales or auctions. The HPA also prohibits the transportation of sored horses to or from any of these events for the Tennessee Walking Horse and other gaited horse show arenas. USDA APHIS | Horse Protection Act More laws will NOT stop those already in violation of the Horse Protection Act. S1007 does NOTHING to address the problem of unethical participants who are already in violation of existing laws. S1007 amends the Horse Protection Act which already imposes strong rules and regulations on the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. S1007 issues penalties based on the standards of the animal rights activist groups.
The economic impact of S1007 would not only decimate the show horse industry, it would be detrimental to farriers, veterinarians, feed and tack companies, restaurants, motels, retail stores, trailer/truck dealers, and many more businesses. If passed, S1007 will remove all pads, weighted shoes, and all action devices from show horses of three specified breeds—Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse. Although it specifically names certain breeds, the fact that many other breeds use the same tools in showing including the American Saddlebred, Arabians, Morgans, Friesians, and even Draft horses. This means that ultimately, many more breeds will be negatively affected by this unnecessary bill. The PAST Act, S1007, is just another misguided attempt to put more regulations on agriculture. At a time when Congress is looking to create jobs, this deceptive bill would destroy what is left of several show horse industries and do NOTHING to stop cruelty!
In lieu of S1007, we encourage support for a bill that could make a difference, S1455. This bill, proposed by Senators Alexander and Blackburn, is significantly different from S1007. · S1455 does not place further restrictive regulations on the show horse industry. S1455 will establish an organization known as the ‘Horse Industry Organization’ (HIO) that will be governed by a board of unbiased individuals. S1455 promotes ways to protect horses by implementing objective more ways to detect potentially sored horses. The HIO will be responsible for detecting sored horses and implementing penalties for abusers. Thank you for reading and we thank you for your favorable consideration.