20 Sep '12, 1am

Lawmakers Seek to Stop Sadistic Abuse of Gaited Horses

Lawmakers Seek to Stop Sadistic Abuse of Gaited Horses

Even though it’s been illegal for 40 years, gaited horses continue to suffer from a cruel and painful practice known as soring to achieve an unnaturally high step known as the “Big Lick,” which was once again brought to light this spring by an undercover HSUS investigation covering Tennessee Walking Horses. Jackie McConnell, the trainer who was exposed, was fined $75,000 and given three years of probation this week after pleading guilty to a single charge of animal cruelty. He faced 52 counts of transporting and showing abused horses and could have faced a stiffer fine and jail time, but got a deal. “It was our hope that McConnell would do prison time for these terrible crimes but there are gaps in the federal law that need to be strengthened,” Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the HSUS told NBC News. The practice in question involves methods that include putti...

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