Animal Law Section

The Animal Law Section focuses on promoting the study and understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions dealing with legal issues involving animals. Learn more about this new section by contacting Jenny Jones at

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Trump Team Puts Horse 'Soring' Ban on Hold

A USDA regulation that would have banned the practice of horse soring was placed on hold by the Trump administration, the Tennessean reports. The Obama-backed ban would have gone into place on Tuesday, and could still be enacted if Trump’s agriculture department decides to move forward with the new regulation. Soring involves placing chains, chemical agents and other devices on Tennessee walking horses and other breeds, which inflicts enough pain on the animals to make them kick their feet higher and faster.  
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USDA Tightens Rules on Training Tennessee Walking Horses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday announced several changes to the Horse Protection Act aimed at ending the practice of soring, the Tennessean reports. The new rule, which would go into effect on Jan.1, 2018, bans much of the gear used in the process, including chains that are placed around a horse’s ankles and weights that are attached to the front hooves during training. The rule also directs industry inspectors to become trained and licensed through the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, based in Shelbyville, said it plans to challenge the regulatory action.

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