Skip to content

Amendments allocate $2 million to DOJ to combat soring



The House Rules Committee advanced three amendments this week that will provide funds that total approximately $2 million to the Department of Justice to enforce issues surrounding animal welfare, including some allocated specifically to the Tennessee Walking Horse. 

Although the United States Department of Agriculture has typically been charged with the enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, the DOJ does have the authority to also enforce the HPA and one of these three amendments specifically re-enforces that right. In addition to one of the three amendments (Amendment # 85) instructing the DOJ to pull from its Legal Activities account to allocate resources to enforce federal criminal statues to stop animal cruelty, including the federal HPA, the other two amendments specifically touch on issues surrounding lions, elephants, dogfighting and cockfighting.

Amendment #85 is sponsored by Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Peter King (R-NY), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Cindy Axne (D-IA) and championed by radical animal rights groups. The timing of the amendments is also noteworthy in lieu of the momentum gained by the ill-intended animal right’- backed PAST Act, which is expected to pass the U.S. House floor vote and next appear in front of the U.S. Senate. 

Lobbyists on behalf of the walking horse industry are strongly encouraging walking horse enthusiasts to make their voices heard to appropriate representatives in Congress. 

More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Splash Of Gen

    The walking horse industry lost one of its greatest broodmares on Monday, May 18, 2020 with the passing of Splash of Gen. “Mama Splash”, as she came to be known, was born October 3, 1988 at David Landrum Stables in Franklin, Tennessee.... Read More
  • Owner and Exhibitor: Toni White

    The Walking Horse Report salutes our owners and exhibitors. We wish you the best of luck this season! Read More
  • Get the news…FAST

    Hello Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiasts and friends,

    I would like to start off this first monthly FAST, Inc. update by telling you about FAST and our mission. For those of you who don’t know or may not have checked in with us in a while, we have been very busy this year working towards supporting the 2020 horse shows and the walking horse industry.

    Read More
  • Obituary – JoAnn Dowell

    JoAnn Dowell passed away peacefully at age 91 on Monday, June 1, 2020. Born in Huntington, WV to Asa and Olrena Garland, JoAnn attended Randolph Macon Women's College and The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology.  Read More
  • Owner and Exhibitor: Benjamin Bowen

    The Walking Horse Report salutes our owners and exhibitors. We wish you the best of luck this season! Read More
  • Putnam County Fair Horse Show canceled

    The Putnam County Fair in Cookeville, Tennessee has been canceled; therefore, the Putnam County Fair Horse Show, scheduled for Saturday July 18, has been canceled for this year. Read More
  • Christmas In July selects judging panel

    Christmas In July has selected their three-judge panel. Robbie Spiller of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Paul Robbins of Rutherfordton, North Carolina and Danny Kistler of Statesville, North Carolina will be marking the cards. The show is scheduled for Wednesday July 1 and Thursday July 2 at the Bedford County Ag Center in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and is slated to start at 5:00PM.  Read More
  • Owner and Exhibitor: Dr. Kasey Kesselring

    The Walking Horse Report salutes our owners and exhibitors. We wish you the best of luck this season! Read More
  • Owner and Exhibitor: Wanda Goodson

    The Walking Horse Report salutes our owners and exhibitors. We wish you the best of luck this season! Read More