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house Bill H.R. 693

Should Punishments for ‘Soring’ Horses to Exaggerate Their Gait Be Increased?

Argument in favor

The practice of soring horses in order to exaggerate their gaits is cruel, inhumane, and illegal but inadequate enforcement and weak penalties for this practice have allowed it to continue. By enhancing inspection and penalties for engaging in this practice, this bill will protect horses from being subjected to an unnecessarily cruel practice.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/24/2019
Cruelty to animals is cruelty to animals. Declawing cats. Docking tails and ears. Debarking dogs. Soreing horses. Debeaking chickens. Continuous confinement in tiny cages, pens, or feedlots, indiscriminate breeding, poor husbandry and minimal to no veterinary care. It’s all cruelty. It’s animal abuse for profit, amusement, or convenience and that is F’ed up. It’s not just our companion animals that suffer either. Our domestic food animal are commonly mistreated as well. Visit a factory farm or feedlots. It’s eye opening. I’m no vegan, but there are certain animal products I won’t buy because I know the animals lived in squalor and misery. I can’t and won’t support that. “We are as gods to beasts of the field. We order the time of their birth and the time of their death. Between times, we have a duty.” - Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
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David's Opinion
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07/25/2019
If people are still doing it, then the penalties are not harsh enough.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/24/2019
Anything that does not come naturally to animals in the way of training which causes unnecessary pain or danger of injury to the animal should be prohibited. Any animal. Those who continue to take part knowing it is prohibited should be required to pay steep fines, have their animals taken from them and be required to go through the same activity they put their animals through. Curt too bad you can’t read. It’s actually a tripartisan bill in honor of a recently deceased Senator. But you can’t write anything but “Never Trust a Demoncrat Bill”. You just make yourself look foolish.
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Argument opposed

While there was a point in history when Tennessee Walking Horses were subject to cruel soring practices for purely aesthetic purposes, that era in the breed’s history has passed. Today, there are stringent inspections that protect the horses and make this bill unnecessary. Additionally, were it to pass, this bill would likely have negative impacts on farriers’ livelihoods.

JTJ's Opinion
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07/24/2019
This is not appropriate for the federal government. This is a state issue.
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PolicyVsParty's Opinion
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07/25/2019
No more federal laws governing states rights. This is no longer a prominent issue and the current laws can keep it in check or states can implement their own more stringent penalties for this crime. No more federal over reach.
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Forestdog's Opinion
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07/25/2019
A) This is not a federal issue. Leave it to the States to regulate, if necessary. B) Don't create new laws if you're not going to enforce existing laws.
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    Cruelty to animals is cruelty to animals. Declawing cats. Docking tails and ears. Debarking dogs. Soreing horses. Debeaking chickens. Continuous confinement in tiny cages, pens, or feedlots, indiscriminate breeding, poor husbandry and minimal to no veterinary care. It’s all cruelty. It’s animal abuse for profit, amusement, or convenience and that is F’ed up. It’s not just our companion animals that suffer either. Our domestic food animal are commonly mistreated as well. Visit a factory farm or feedlots. It’s eye opening. I’m no vegan, but there are certain animal products I won’t buy because I know the animals lived in squalor and misery. I can’t and won’t support that. “We are as gods to beasts of the field. We order the time of their birth and the time of their death. Between times, we have a duty.” - Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
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    This is not appropriate for the federal government. This is a state issue.
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    If people are still doing it, then the penalties are not harsh enough.
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    Anything that does not come naturally to animals in the way of training which causes unnecessary pain or danger of injury to the animal should be prohibited. Any animal. Those who continue to take part knowing it is prohibited should be required to pay steep fines, have their animals taken from them and be required to go through the same activity they put their animals through. Curt too bad you can’t read. It’s actually a tripartisan bill in honor of a recently deceased Senator. But you can’t write anything but “Never Trust a Demoncrat Bill”. You just make yourself look foolish.
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    My representative, Doug LaMalfa, voted to allow the torture of horses to continue. He also voted against the raise of the minimum wage, and providing healthcare, hygiene, and decent food for detainees at the border. What kind of a person does that? Not a person of decency or honor. But I guess you lose those things along the way when you support trump, the most corrupt politician of all time!
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    Yes. We need to stop worrying about any person’s livelyhood when it comes to corrupt, unethical or immoral acts and behaviors against humans, wildlife, animals, environment, ecosystems and the planet. Stop allowing Conservatives to profit and benefit from harming everyone and everything.
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    What part of animal abuse do you not understand?
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    No more federal laws governing states rights. This is no longer a prominent issue and the current laws can keep it in check or states can implement their own more stringent penalties for this crime. No more federal over reach.
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    A) This is not a federal issue. Leave it to the States to regulate, if necessary. B) Don't create new laws if you're not going to enforce existing laws.
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    Immediately!
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    I cannot believe our legislature has to deal with this at all! For the Love of God, why would this cruelty not be covered under any abuse laws for animals in the country, state or federal! That horse owners are so greedy to torture their pets. Horses are just a product to these greedy pigs. This is our world under Trumpian greed, cruelty and ignorance! These bastards "invest" in horse ownership to make money. It's a filthy industry full of filthy, greedy old white men who pay other powerful filthy old, greedy white men to turn a blind eye and vote NAY.
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    Really?......What is WRONG with people?
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    Well no surprise to me that LaMalfa is against raising penalties for animal abuse. He does not mind the abuse of humans by our government.
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    "Soring" means driving nails into the horse's foot to make it prance more. That's fucking insane. Yes increase enforcement.
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    Any bill that saves animals pain caused by unscrupulous people who are just trying to make money from them at any cost is a good bill!
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    Torture of any kind should be eradicated. A good breeder will breed for favorable traits.
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    Animal cruelty must become a felony
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    Obviously, states are not protecting horses from this cruel practice, so a federal directive is in order. And leave it to Gosar to show his continuous disregard for the well being of animals (and humans at our border).
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    First. Do I think horse soring is abhorrent? As a conservative, Yes. I also believe dog fighting and cock fighting are abhorrent along with beating the crap out of someone in a cage. But the reason I vote no is because I believe this is a STATES RIGHTS issue, not a federal issue. This type of a bill does nothing more that take up the time of the congress when they should be working on education, infrastructure, poverty, human trafficking, drugs, climate change and the like. The congress spends way too much time and money deciding whether or not the sun should come up in the east or west.
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    Protect horses from this painful procedure immediately!!!
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