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.