Horses among Top 10 victories of 2015 by Humane Society

The HSUS released results of its second major undercover investigation of a Tennessee walking horse stable.
The HSUS released results of its second major undercover investigation of a Tennessee walking horse stable in late August. © HSUS

Stopping horse slaughter in the US was among the Top Ten victories of the year by The Humane Society of the United States. 

In an end-of-year review of the society’s work, HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle also noted the momentum of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, following its second major undercover investigation of a Tennessee walking horse stable.

Writing in his blog, A Humane Nation, Pacelle said 2015 was the highest-impact year in the history of the HSUS and its affiliates, with successful campaigns across many different sectors of the economy, government, and culture.

“We secured language in the omnibus spending bill to bar any American horse slaughter plants from reopening. In late August, we released the results of our second major undercover investigation of a Tennessee walking horse stable, and definitively proved that big-name trainers and barns continue to defy the law and sore horses,” Pacelle said.

“This investigation gave momentum to the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, for which we’ve secured the support of nearly 300 Republicans and Democrats in Congress.”

Other successes through the year included the ending of the use of chimps in invasive experiments; steps toward phasing out the use of battery cages in egg production; gains in the legal framework to crack down on the ivory and rhino horn trade, the commercial trade in seal parts, and the killing of African lions on canned hunts in South Africa.

With the encouragement of the HSUS, the FBI announced it would begin tracking incidents of animal cruelty. “We worked with a bipartisan group in Congress to introduce the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, the first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill.”

“We saw Ringling commit to winding down its traveling elephant acts; took great steps to dramatically reduce the use of animals in chemical and cosmetic testing; and so much more,” Pacelle said.

One thought on “Horses among Top 10 victories of 2015 by Humane Society

  • December 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    What needs to be done next is to pass the Safe Act (S.1214) and (H.R.1942) that permanently puts a stop to US horses being hauled to Canada/Mexico to be slaughtered. Pass a law to permanently stop horse slaughter plants from ever again being built for the killing of horses in the US then that would put a stop to have to fight every year to defund it. There are plenty of people in the US that wants to start to slaughter horses again here in the US from the trouble that happened when it was voted on. It was 24 against and 24 for slaughter I doubt know how they broke the deadlock.
    The ones for slaughter representing the racing industry, horse breeders along with any of the numerous over breeders that uses slaughter to get rid of their culls, brood mares and just anything that they want to dump that they were responsible for creating. That 24 needs to be identified and voted out of office.

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