USDA proposes changes to end 'soring' in horses

Recommended changes will give USDA direct control over inspection process and ban use of certain equipment and training devices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced July 25 proposed changes to strengthen enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and end inhumane practices known as "soring," which cause horses to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation or lameness while walking and moving.

APHIS enforces the HPA, a federal law that prohibits horses subjected to soring from participating in shows, sales, exhibitions or auctions and also p

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