Congressman Cohen Commends Senators for their Stand on Horse Soring

August 28, 2018
Press Release
Senators Crapo and Warner ask Perdue for robust inspection at Walking Horse event

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) commended Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho and Mark Warner of Virginia for their recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the department vigorously enforce the Horse Protection Act and prevent the intentional injury to horses participating in the ongoing Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Senators Crapo and Warner are to be commended for interceding on behalf of horses and horse lovers and asking for a vigorous inspection regimen at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration to assure the cruel practice of horse soring does not occur. Unfortunately, some participants in the past have used various painful techniques, including the use of acid, to make the gait of Tennessee’s iconic Walking Horses more dramatic in an effort to win prize money. USDA inspectors are critical to the prevention of these practices, and I join the Senators in calling for their active review.”

Congressman Cohen is a lead sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847) introduced in March 2017 and has been a leader on legislation to prevent horse soring since he arrived in Congress.