Celebrities back efforts to toughen anti-soring laws

By Horsetalk.co.nz

Loretta Swit

Several horse-loving celebrities have put their support behind a proposed law change to toughen the Horse Protection Act, the Humane Society of the United States says.

The Horse Protection Act is 42 years old. It outlaws the practice of soring – the use of mechanical or chemical irritants to the encourage the high-stepping gait that is so desired in the walking horse industry.

The society describes H.R. 6388, the Horse Protection Act Amendments of 2012, as vital.

It says it is working with some of Hollywood’s celebrity advocates, famous equestrians and horse trainers to promote the legislation, which follows recent high-profile soring prosecutions.

Celebrities who have pledged their support include fitness expert Jillian Michaels; singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris, Mary Ann Kennedy and Lynn Anderson; actors Kelly Carlson, Loretta Swit, Alexandra Paul and Dawn Olivieri; television personality Jenna Morasca; and director/author Joe Camp.

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