American Equine Cruelty Analysis

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The first step towards improving the lives of American equines is making the public aware of what constitutes cruelty. Some forms of equine cruelty target specific types of working horses. One example is towards the gaited horses, like Tennessee Walkers. They are the victims of soring, a method of getting the “Big Lick” using chemicals and other techniques that cause intense pain. Chemical soring involves the application of caustics like kerosene, diesel fuel, etc. to the leg, which is then wrapped up to “cook” the chemicals into the skin. Although this produces obvious scars, some owners then apply a stripping agent that gets rid of them; also causing further pain. Mechanical or physical soring involves trimming the hoof or applying devices…show more content…
Another group are show horses, in all disciplines. One specific example is the tying of Western Pleasure Show horses’ heads up overnight, with no access to food or water. This leaves the horses’ so tired in the morning that they keep their heads hung in the show ring, to create the movements wanted by their riders. The people who do this forgo the proper, correct training for the movements; instead choosing to take the “easy way out” (Green, 2014). Still another example is the carriage horses used in big cities for tourism. These horses work long days pulling carriages on hard asphalt or cement roads, causing damage to their feet; and in the summer, they are very likely to get heat…show more content…
New laws need to be made at the state and national levels to ensure complete authority. People need to contact the representatives on the animal committees such as the House Committee on Agriculture or the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (Congressional Committees and Subcommittees, 2015), or the NC House and Senate Committees on Agriculture and push for them to bring bills to the table. Then they need to contact their representative to get them to vote for the bills that are on the table. On July 16, 2015, an anti-horse slaughter amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) was approved by the US Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2016 agriculture spending bill (ASPCA, 2015). Concerning bills that are already passed, all will need to be evaluated on efficiency and relevancy. Some laws may not be up to date, or may possess loopholes allowing offenders to go unpunished. Each law will need to be looked at, and if need be, brought back to the table to be rewritten. In 2013, updates to the provisions in North Carolina’s Chapter 99E. Special Liability Provisions. Article 1. Equine Activity Liability; Part 2. Farm Animal Activity Liability were made to
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