We're very fortunate that the ASPCA is now also joining the fight against soring! THANK YOU ASPCA!
The ASPCA is going to petition the USDA APHIS to step up their enforcement of the HPA. I am so glad to hear this! This is where we need the pressure. The industry will not change itself; therefore, we need to toughen up the law and the inspection process.
Click here for the article as reported on horsechannel.com. From the article: "The ASPCA's petition seeks to permanently disqualify from competition HPA violators and any horses found to be the victim of soring. It also requests that mandatory enforcement protocols be implemented and any non-compliant horse inspection groups be decertified by the USDA."
I LOVE every single part of this sentence, especially in disqualifying the horses. No, the horse didn't do anything wrong, but why let him get bought by someone else who will most likely do the same thing to him? Let him get away from the pain and get him into a home that will take care of him and not let him suffer anymore.
I also went to The ASPCA's website and did a search for soring. Click here for the results. There are some good articles and information here.
Overall, be sure to thank the ASPCA for this big step! Sherry Rout, the legislative liaison for the ASPCA, is specifically quoted in the article, so she's a great place to start! Let them know we support them in this huge effort!