Federal Court In Texas Upholds Regulations Against Horse Soring

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A U.S. District Court in Texas has upheld federal regulations to prevent the practice of "soring," in which trainers use methods to force horses to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, which were adopted following a 2010 legal petition filed by The Humane Society of the United States, require that USDA-certified horse industry organizations impose uniform mandatory minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act, and authorize the agency to decertify organizations that do not comply.

Horse industry organizations are the industry’s self-policing groups that inspect Tennessee walking horses at competitions for signs of soring alongside the USDA.

Horse industry organization SHOW and two walking horse show participants sued the USDA, contending that the regulations were unlawful and in violation of their constitutional rights.

The court ruled that the mandatory minimum penalty regulations are constitutional and within the USDA’s statutory authority to protect horses.

Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president for animal protection litigation and investigations for The HSUS, said: “This lawsuit shows that segments of the industry have no interest in upholding their responsibilities under the Horse Protection Act and finally stamping out the brutal practice of soring. We call on USDA to decertify any horse industry organization that has refused to adopt the mandatory penalties, including SHOW, which is responsible for inspections at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.”

The HSUS was represented in the matter pro bono by attorneys from the law firm of Latham & Watkins and its own lawyers.

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