America's horses need your help - Dr. Marty Becker

America’s horses need your help

Tuesday, Jun 10th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

AmericasHorsesNeedYourHelpFew things hurt my heart as much as seeing an animal abused, especially that great and gentle animal, the horse.

I join the American Veterinary Medical Association in begging you to lend your voice to end two abusive practices that lead to great suffering for our nation’s horses.

The first of these is the practice of “soring,” using caustic substances, chains, and other forms of pain to force walking horses to use an exaggerated form of movement that is prized in the show ring.

As a veterinarian and horse lover, I urge you to help!

Send a message telling Congress to pass H.R. 1518/S. 1406 – The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act here.

Additionally, I ask you to do the same and ask Congress to pass a bill placing a federal ban on the use of double-decker trailers for the transport of horses on our nation’s highways.  This type of trailer does not give a horse enough headroom to raise his head or balance himself, and lead to injuries and death while being transported.

Send a message telling Congress to pass H.R. 4440/S. 1459 – The Horse Transportation Safety Act here.

Then please ask every animal lover you know to make their voices heard on behalf of America’s horses!