Skip to content

Georgia Senator introduces resolution encouraging passage of the PAST Act



Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson recently introduced a resolution in the Georgia Senate in support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST Act). The summary on the Georgia Lobby website read:  A RESOLUTION urging the members of the Georgia Congressional delegation to cosponsor and press for passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act and to encourage the United States Department of Agriculture to finalize its proposed Horse Protection Act rule in the form it was announced by the Department and displayed in the Federal Register in January, 2017; and for other purposes.

The PAST Act was originally introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield from Kentucky and in the most recent Congress was sponsored by Rep. Ted Yogo of Florida. The PAST Act would be devastating to the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and for all intents and purpose put a halt to the horse shows being held currently in the industry.

The PAST Act is currently in the Energy and Commerce Committee but has not been scheduled for any committee vote or debate.  Also in Energy and Commerce is the industry’s alternative bill to the PAST Act, sponsored by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN), that calls for objective, science-based inspections, increased penalties and a single enforcement entity to ensure consistent enforcement across all aspects of the industry.
The resolution introduced by Thompson has not been voted on and only a limited number of days remain in the Georgia legislative calendar. Thompson’s office can be reached at (404) 463-1318 or he can be emailed at curt@curtthompson.com

The full copy of the resolution is as follows:

18 
Senate Resolution 1016
By: Senator Thompson of the 5th 
LC 117 0424 

A RESOLUTION 

1. 1  Urging the members of the Georgia Congressional delegation to cosponsor and press for 
2. 2  passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act and to encourage the United States 
3. 3  Department of Agriculture to finalize its proposed Horse Protection Act rule in the form it 
4. 4  was announced by the Department and displayed in the Federal Register in January, 2017; 
5. 5  and for other purposes. 
6. 6  WHEREAS, the soring of horses is cruel and inhumane; and 
7. 7  WHEREAS, horses shown or exhibited which are sore, where such soreness improves the 
8. 8  performance of such horse, compete unfairly with horses which are not sore; and 
9. 9  WHEREAS, the movement, showing, exhibition, or sale of sore horses in intrastate 
10. 10  commerce and soring horses for such purposes adversely affects and burdens interstate and 
11. 11  foreign commerce in many ways, including by creating unfair competition, by deceiving the 
12. 12  spectating public and horse buyers, and by negatively impacting horse sales and breeding 
13. 13  fees; and 
14. 14  WHEREAS, all horses which are subject to regulation under the federal Horse Protection Act 
15. 15  are either in interstate or foreign commerce or substantially affect such commerce; and 
16. 16  WHEREAS, regulation under the Horse Protection Act by the United States Secretary of 
17. 17  Agriculture is appropriate to prevent and eliminate burdens upon commerce and to 
18. 18  effectively regulate commerce; and 
19. 19  WHEREAS, the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture has 
20. 20  determined that the program through which the Secretary inspects horses under the federal 
21. 21  Horse Protection Act is inadequate for preventing soring; and 
S. R. 1016 -1- 

18 LC 117 0424 

22. 22  WHEREAS, historically, Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle 
23. 23  Horses have been subjected to soring; and 
24. 24  WHEREAS, despite federal regulations in effect related to inspection for purposes of 
25. 25  ensuring that horses are not sore, violations of the Horse Protection Act continue to be 
26. 26  prevalent in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse breeds. 
27. 27  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body: 
28. 28  (1) Urge the members of the Georgia Congressional delegation to cosponsor and urge 
29. 29  the United States House and Senate leadership to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics 
30. 30  Act to the floor for a vote by each chamber. 
31. 31  (2) Urge the members of the Georgia Congressional delegation to encourage the United 
32. 32  States Department of Agriculture to publish its proposed Horse Protection Act rule as it 
33. 33  was announced on January 13, 2017, and finalized and displayed in advance public notice 
34. 34  in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017. 
35. 35  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed 
36. 36  to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the members of the 
37. 37  Georgia Congressional delegation, to the sponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, and 
38. 38  to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. 

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 3 1 31

    Read More
  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More