HSUS Offering Reward for Information on Horse Soring

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any violator of Tennessee's horse soring law, which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to horses' feet and legs to produce an artificially high-stepping gait. Advertisements announcing the reward will appear throughout middle Tennessee.

"Soring--the deliberate infliction of pain upon a horse to increase the animal's entertainment or monetary value--is incredibly cruel, and must end," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection at HSUS.

The practice of soring involves the use of caustic chemicals and action devices, such as chains, on the legs of the horse, with the intention of causing pain and forcing an exaggerated, high-stepping gait. Another form consists of intentionally cutting a horse's hoof almost to the bloodline so the shoe puts painful pressure on the horse's sole with each stride. In other instances, foreign objects are placed between the hoof and the shoe to create painful pressure on the sole.

The federal Horse Protection Act of 1970 and Tennessee state law both forbid soring, but the practice continues, in part due to difficulties in enforcement. The HSUS is offering this reward in order to encourage citizens to come forward and help end this practice.

Anyone with information on soring can call 866/411-TEAM (8326). The Humane Society of the United States will protect the identity of all callers.

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