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Proposed Amendments to the Horse Protection Act Can Make Every Horse Owner a Criminal

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Federal Lawmakers Need to Hear from You About the Horse Protection Act

Animal extremist groups are attempting to expand the federal Horse Protection Act in order to exert their control over the entire horse industry. It will give an unelected “Horse Protection Inspector” and APHIS officials control over every aspect of the care you provide your horse and your activities.

If they get their way, the Horse Protection Act will apply to any horse that is being shown, exhibited, or entered into a sale or auction.

Some of the Egregious Regulations

Some, but not all of the regulations are as follows:

  • Your horses will be inspected at every horse show, exhibition, sale or auction by an unelected federal official with the title, “Horse Protection Inspector”

  • Your personal information, information about your farm or ranch, information about your horse and your trainer and veterinarian will be kept on file for every single event you attend and will be submitted to APHIS and the USDA

  • Your horses can be detained and removed from your custody for 24 hours by the Horse Protection Inspector

  • Your horses' legs will be examined with a fine tooth comb, any blemishes, moisture, edema, cuts, abrasions, or scar tissue will subject you to a violation of federal law and disqualification.

  • You will be restricted from applying fly spray or any other grooming products to your horse’s legs.

  • If you win your class, your horse will be subjected to reinspection, and if your horse happens to clip itself, or get a rub from a boot, you will be disqualified

  • Horse show and event management will have layers of paperwork to comply with

  • If a Horse Protection Inspector is not available on the dates of your show or event, you will have to apply for a variance at least 15 days ahead of time

  • Your horse will not be allowed to receive any therapeutic care at a horse show, exhibition, sale or auction unless it is performed by a veterinarian. This includes salt water baths, cryotherapy, massage, chiropractic adjustments, PMF and more.

  • If your horse requires some therapeutic or preventive treatment or medication, complete veterinary medical records must be submitted to the Horse Protection Inspector along with treatment schedule and prognosis.

Full Summary Available on Our Western Justice Legislative Fund Website Under Initiatives

We have carefully dissected the language and created a document highlighting the most egregious regulations.

It is up on our website, along with a link to the 129-page document which has been submitted to the federal government.

At the minimum, you must take the time to read the information we have provided so you know what the result will be if you decide to ignore this and to not get engaged.



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