Activists sued to stop the sale ofÂ unbranded horses that were captured on the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone reservation alleging that the unbranded horses were probably federally protected wild horses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces the Horse Protection Act which deems soring to involve the use of action devices, chemicals, pads, or wedges to cause pain in a horse's forelegs to exaggerate the gait of the horse.
Removal of nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the past decade is probably having the opposite effect of its intention to ease ecological damage and reduce overpopulated herds.
PAST increases penalties for soring horses, removes the pads and action devices often implicated in the process, and abolishes the current inspection system which is riddled with conflicts of interest.
The Congressional Horse Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of the House of Representatives formed to educate Congress and their staffs about the importance of the horse industry.
New proposals for FEI equine events including the Olympics are under review and will become effective January 1, 2014.
The USDA has granted an inspection permit to a discredited horse slaughter plant operator in New Mexico, bringing the nation closer to its first horse slaughter operation since 2007.
While more people than ever are heading into National Forests in pursuit of exercise, relaxation, and adventure, only one quarter of all trails are maintained to standard.
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that, if enacted into law, could halt any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption.
President Obama's proposed FY 2014 budget included a request for Congress to prevent tax dollars from supporting horse slaughter, and currently no horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S.