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May 19, 2014

Our representatives should co-sponor the PAST Act

CORBIN — Published May 6, 2014

As a horse lover and Kentuckian, I support H.R. 1518/S. 1406, the PAST Act, which will reform the federal Horse Protection Act to end the abusive practice of soring walking horses for the sake of an exaggerated and grotesque gait.

It’s too bad that my Congressman, Hal Rogers, and my senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, don’t have the nerve to take a stance against this abuse, and have decided to co-sponsor the “Big Lick” industry’s sham alternative bills rather than the bipartisan-supported Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act H.R. 1518.

They have clearly demonstrated they are not at all concerned with the welfare of Kentucky’s horses by supporting bills that enable the abuse of these majestic animals by failing to make any meaningful reforms to this embarrassing industry.

The PAST Act is a bipartisan anti-crime bill that is the only hope sored horses have for ending decades of abuse.

Supporters of the PAST Act include the National Sheriffs’ Association, the American Horse Council, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and over 300 members of Congress.

I call on my federal representatives to abandon the bogus bills perpetuated by a callous and abusive industry and co-sponsor the PAST Act.

Jamie Medlin,

Corbin

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