Soring tip line offers reward up to $US10,000

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This billboard - in English and Spanish - was erected near the competition in Shelbyville, Tenn.
This billboard – in English and Spanish – was erected near the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. .

The Humane Society of the United States is continuing its campaign against soring, launching a national tip line in English and Spanish to help crack down on the illegal and cruel practice.

The society is offering a reward of up to $US10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a violator of the Horse Protection Act or any state law which prohibits horse soring.

Soring involves the use of mechanical or chemical irritants on the lower legs of horses to encourage the high gait so desirable in the walking horse industry.

The charity announced the reward scheme just days before the start of the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The tip line and reward are advertised on a new billboard that was installed across from the Celebration venue.

The society’s director of equine protection, Keith Dane, urged anyone with information about soring to use the tip line.

“With the co-operation of concerned witnesses, we can help bring violators to justice and rid the industry of the abuse that mars its reputation.”

Earlier this year, the society paid out a $US10,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Barney Davis, a Tennessee horse trainer, for violations of the Horse Protection Act.

Davis testified during his sentencing hearing that soring is a common practice.

Congress passed the Horse Protection Act more than 40 years ago to criminalize showing sored horses, but the society says the practice continues to be used by some in the industry.

The society says it has contacted the board of directors of the Celebration in an effort to help the industry institute reforms that will protect the horses and restore its credibility.

The society wants the ousting of those who torment animals from the show ring, a zero-tolerance policy for soring, and the adoption of practices and policies that will secure a place in the future for fair, humane and legal competition for this breed.

Anyone with information on soring can call 855-NO-SORING or email: equineprotection@humanesociety.org. The HSUS will protect the identity of all callers.

 

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