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Padded shoes, action devices don’t harm horses

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Re: Political Notebook, Aug. 6:

Reps. G.K. Butterfield and George Holding were co-sponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. These congressmen should have done their homework before co-sponsoring and supporting this bill. Anything promoted as a “feel good” vote or when you are bullied into voting for a bill by other congressmen who say if you don’t vote for their bill, it means you are for animal abuse, is a sure sign there is more to the story.

Horse soring is already illegal under the Horse Protection Act. What this bill does is seek to amend the Horse Protection Act by banning padded horseshoes and action devices on three breeds of horses, while allowing all other breeds to use the exact same padded horseshoes and action devices.

Congressmen Yoho and Schrader misled their colleagues by stating padded shoes and action devices cause pain and harm to horses. Why then are they only seeking a ban on three breeds of horses, one of which does not utilize either?

Let’s hope Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis don’t fall for only one side of the story, aren’t bullied into supporting a bill that will adversely affect North Carolina agriculture and will do their due diligence to seek facts and remain impartial.

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Joy Smith

Olive Branch, Miss.

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