Legislation which aims to toughen controls around the illegal practice of horse soring now has 300 co-sponsors in the US House of Representatives.
The Humane Society of the United States acknowledged the milestone, noting that the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R.1518, was now co-sponsored by 114 Republicans and 186 Democrats.
The parallel Senate bill, S. 1406, has the bipartisan support of 57 cosponsors.
The society’s vice-president of equine protection, Keith Dane, said: “This critical legislation has more bipartisan support than nearly any other bill in Congress.
“We strongly urge House leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and pass the PAST Act. The abuse of Tennessee walking horses has gone on long enough, and so has Congress’ delay in acting on this bill.”
The legislation is endorsed by a broad coalition of major horse industry and animal protection groups.