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Animal Attraction: New Hotline for Tips on Horse Soring Offenders

Animal Attraction: New Hotline for Tips on Horse Soring Offenders

Credit: The Humane Society of the United States

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 7:32 AM

The Humane Society of the United States is launching a national tip line in English and Spanish to help crack down on the illegal and cruel practice known as “soring.” The HSUS offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a violator of the Horse Protection Act or any state law which prohibits horse soring, the deliberate infliction of pain to force horses to perform an artificially high-stepping gait for the show ring.
 
“It is unacceptable that the deliberate torture of Tennessee walking horses continues despite a decades-old federal law to stop it,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States urges anyone with information about this despicable cruelty to call our new tip line. With the cooperation of concerned witnesses, we can help bring violators to justice and rid the industry of the abuse that mars its reputation.”
 
As awareness spreads about the abusive treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses in the top levels of show competition, The HSUS is continuing its commitment to help bring violators to justice. Earlier this year, The HSUS paid out a $10,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Barney Davis, a Tennessee horse trainer, for violations of the Horse Protection Act. Davis testified during his sentencing hearing that soring is a common practice.
 
Anyone with information on this cruel practice should call 855-NO-SORING or email: equineprotection@humanesociety.org. The HSUS will protect the identity of all callers.

SOURCE and LINK:
The Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org

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