Washington – In a severe setback for horses and animal welfare activists, the Federal Register did not publish the proposed rule change outlawing pads, chains and other action devices on Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking horses. The proposed rule changes were to be published on January 24th, but instead the APHIS withdrew the rule change mere hours before it was set to be published.
President Trump signed an Executive Order on Saturday directing all rules not yet published to be withheld from publication until reviewed by a Trump appointee. The rule change was caught in the legal limbo, and the USDA’s division, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) which is responsible for enforcing soring rules, officially withdrew the proposed rule changes.
With the rule change withdrawn, the existing Horse Protection Act legislation is still law, but has been shown historically to be entirely inadequate to prevent soring. The APHIS has not made a public comment on if or when it is planning on resubmitting the rule change to be published. The proposed rule had over 100,000 public comments, with 95% of them in favor of the rule becoming law.
To sign a petition urging President Trump and his cabinet to publish the rule change and end decades of horse suffering: Change.org PetitionAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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