WASHINGTON, DC – A nationwide grassroots rally “““WALK ON WASHINGTON” ““ will be held on the West side of the U. S. Capitol in front of the U. S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd Street NW on Union Square at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Americans from all parts of the United States will gather and urge Congress to pass the PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics Act) to end soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.
Soring is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a horse’s front feet to exaggerate the step in Tennessee Walking Show Horses. It is widely practiced in the red states on the Map below.
The keynote speaker at the Rally will be former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD), author of the original Horse Protection Act passed in 1970. He said, “the PAST ACT has over 67% of the U. S. House of Representatives supporting it. There are 56 U. S. Senators supporting it. The people of the United States are crying out for Congress to pass this law to stop the pain of the horses”
Tydings said, “The only answer to end the soring is to remove the pads and chains which has continued now for over 60 years. What is being done to the horses is ‘brutal’ and ‘has no place in a civilized society.”
Senator Tydings has called upon the citizens of the United States to make themselves heard for passing the PAST ACT.
Other confirmed feature speakers include PAST ACT Sponsors Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) and co-sponsor Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
The campaign rally will feature a parade of six Sound natural Tennessee Walking Horses ridden without pads and chains. Organizers of the All American Walking Horse Alliance were informed late Tuesday that the Humane Society of the United States decided not to bring a rescued and badly scarred Tennessee Walking Horse named “Dutch” to the “Walk On Washington” rally in front of the U. S. Capitol. All questions regarding Dutch should be directed to the HSUS at 301-258-1491 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PAST ACT (HR 1518) presently has 292 co-sponsors in the U. S. House of Representatives, 67% of the 435 members. The PAST ACT (S. 1406) has 56 U. S. Senators endorsing it.
Now an extraordinarily impressive over 65% of the entire United States Congress (House and Senate) endorses the PAST ACT.
S. 1406 was unanimously reported out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on April 9, 2014.
The event’s organizer is the All American Walking Horse Alliance ““ a group of concerned citizens against soring of Tennessee Walking Horses who support the PAST ACT.