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House bill honoring late Maryland Sen. Joseph Tydings aims to curb abusive soring of horses

House bill honoring late Maryland Sen. Joseph Tydings aims to curb abusive soring of horses

Lawmakers in Washington have introduced a bill to honor the late Maryland Senator Joseph Tydings.

The U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act would close certain loopholes that have allowed an abusive practice known as soring.

Tydings, a horse lover who died in October, spent much of his life opposing the practice, which harms horses’ front limbs to create an exaggerated gait. The Democrat introduced 1970’s Horse Protection Act into the Senate to combat it.

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat and a co-sponsor of the House bill, said soring still “runs rampant” despite the law. “It’s time for Congress to act and put an end to...

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