"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."

~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NEWS and ARTICLES - AVMA Supports the End of Soring and Produces Educational Video

The American Veterinary Medical Association has released a press release today to announce their commitment to be against soring and to present their educational video about soring.  The AVMA is quite clear on their stance against soring, and this will be hard evidence to beat that soring is still alive and well!

Here's the video from the AVMA.  Note how in the video, we have recent footage where the horses are CLEARLY in pain.  And they don't just focus on the BL horses--the flat shod horses appear as well.   And note how some of the DQPs are NOT doing their job--not paying attention to the horses when they're palpating or watching when they're going around the cones.



The AVMA also included this page on their website, which has tons more information such as a factsheet, backgrounder, and various other information that we can use to help educate about soring.

I want to sincerely thank the AVMA for being so diligent and open in being against soring, and for exposing this practice for what it is.  

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Start of Gaited Horse Show Season Heightens Commitment by AVMA, AAEP and USDA to End Abusive Practice of Soring

PR Newswire

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 11, 2012

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Soring, illegal for more than 40 years, is the abusive act of intentionally inflicting pain on gaited horses through the use of chemical irritants, broken glass wedged in between a horse's shoe pads and sole, or overly tightened metal hoof bands. The extreme pain caused by these abuses forces the horse to lift its legs faster and higher, perhaps increasing its chance of winning in show rings across the country.

"It's time for this egregious form of animal cruelty to end," says Dr. Rene Carlson, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors are doing everything possible to detect evidence of soring before horses are allowed to compete. 

Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, USDA inspectors are only able to attend a small number of the shows being held. It is going to take a team effort to put an end to the inhumane practice of soring horses, so America's veterinarians stand in support of government regulators and the walking horse industry in their horse protection efforts," said Carlson.

In 2011, the USDA documented 587 violations of the Horse Protection Act while attending only 62 of the 650 or so gaited horse events held that year. 

The USDA cited participants in the 2011 National Trainers' Show with 49 violations of the Horse Protection Act — the third highest number of violations for a single USDA-inspected show that year.

Prosecution of violators has met strong political opposition, challenging USDA's efforts at enforcement and creating an environment where recidivism is the norm.

"For that reason, America's veterinarians are standing right beside USDA inspectors in urging the strengthening of the Horse Protection Act.  Everyone -- inspectors, judges, trainers, riders and even spectators at these shows must take responsibility for ending soring. A zero-tolerance policy being promoted by these shows would set a significant tenor for the entire show season," Dr. Carlson added.

To assist in the return of the walking horse gait back to its natural beauty, the AVMA has created an educational video, produced in cooperation with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the USDA, to provide an overview of the issue of soring and highlight the tell-tale signs of when a horse has been sored.

The video includes an interview with  Elizabeth Graves, a licensed Tennessee Walking Horse judge and gaited horse trainer and Dr. Nat Messer, a member of both the AVMA's and the AAEP's Animal Welfare Committees.  Additional materials, including a factsheet, backgrounder, reporting procedures, and the formal AVMA policy are available for general use. The AVMA is confident that with appropriate recognition of the inhumane nature of soring; increased reporting of abuse; and stronger legislative and regulatory action, including adequate funding for inspections, the offspring of today's sored horses won't have to suffer tomorrow.

1 comment:

wendyroo said...

The AVMA should also come out against horse slaughter.Many of these exshow horses wind up with the kill man
Where the vets who cared for these horses? They are just as guilty.as the owners for not reporting them. And if their excuse is they did not know, then they do not meed to take care of horses.Finally where are the owners, trainers, and breeders who turned a blind eye to this cruelty?

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