JLC Joins Coalition Opposing Compromise Bill to PAST Act
The Joint Leadership Council is joining a coalition that the American Horse Council put together to oppose a compromise bill being circulated in the Senate to amend the PAST Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2019, and supported by the horse industry. The compromise bill includes substantial changes to the PAST Act that the horse industry cannot support as currently written. These changes include:
1. Eliminating references to the three horse breeds listed in the PAST Act, which include Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses and Racking Horses.
2. Specific mention of “other horse breeds” that could expand the scope of regulation beyond the parameters of the PAST Act.
3. Establishment of a new governing organization that would oversee a complex system of penalties and other regulations.
In addition, the compromise bill would eliminate the use of metal bands on shoes and braced tails. The Joint Leadership Council, whose members include the American Hackney Horse Society, American Morgan Horse Association, American Road Pony and Horse Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Saddlebred Registry and United Professional Horsemen’s Association, will continue to work with the American Horse Council and our contacts in the House and Senate as we remain united in our opposition against the compromise bill.
Click this link to read the American Horse Council press release posted November 11, 2020.