Nationwide – The PAST Act is on its way to the U.S. Senate with the support of Nevada lawmakers. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Sen. Joseph Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2019 (H.R. 693). Nevada Reps. Mark Amodei, Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford voted in favor of the bill, which would amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 in order to end horse soring.
Soring is a controversial practice in which pain is used to force a horse to perform an exaggerated high-stepping gait. The practice is usually seen in the southeastern states and in the show worlds of Tennesee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses. The Horse Protection Act was intended to end soring, but loopholes in the law allowed it to continue.
The PAST Act expands soring regulation and enforcement at horse shows and events, including the use of third-party, independent inspectors for horse soring at shows. The bill also increases penalties for violations and outlaws devices used for soring. Lawmakers introduced the PAST Act four times since 2013, but last week’s vote was the first ever taken.
The Senate companion bill, S. 1007, introduced in April, currently has 42 cosponsors, including Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen.
“I’m happy to see that the House companion to the Preventing All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act that I co-sponsored in the Senate has passed,” said Senator Rosen. “This important legislation will help to put an end to the harmful practice of horse soring in Nevada and across the country, and establishes regulations to protect our animal friends.”