AVMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. Ron DeHaven testified before a House subcommittee last week about the toll soring takes on Tennessee Walking Horses. The practice has been banned, but some argue it continues to be part of horse show culture and tougher protections are needed. "As the former administrator to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service charged with overseeing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, I have witnessed the long-lasting and damaging effects that soring has on horses and feel that this bill is necessary to stop a culture of abuse that has existed for more than 40 years in the Walking Horse industry," Dr. DeHaven told the panel.

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