Statement on Horse Soring; Marty Irby Honored by the Queen for His Horse Protection Efforts


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Marty Irby

Marty Irby, executive director Animal Wellness Action has led a charge to enact PAST Act since 2013, and the measure cleared by a vote of 324 to 111 with 263 cosponsors.

The PAST Act continues to lose support following a 2020 effort that Animal Wellness Action made with leaders in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to pass compromise legislation that could clear the Senate as the PAST Act as written has been indefinitely blocked by Senators from Tennessee and Kentucky. The Humane Society of the U.S. and Humane Society Legislative Fund torpedoed the compromise effort and have maintained a ‘no amendment’ strategy ever since. Here’s a few of my op-eds on the matter in The Tennessean, Tennessee Lookout, The Tennessee Tribune, and by NBC News National here on the issue and Queen Elizabeth II’s involvement.

In a statement Irby said, “We’re glad to see some action on the old PAST Act we’ve worked for a decade to pass, but with the House vote falling short of the 2019 record, the legislation stands an even lesser chance of passing the Senate in 2022 than it did in the 116th Congress. It’s clear the only path forward to see meaningful legislation to stamp out soring enacted, is to amend the PAST Act to make it more palatable for the Tennessee and Kentucky Congressional Delegations.”

 A full list of articles and opinion works on this issue can be found here.

Irby spoke on the national Steve Dale’s Other World about soring, and about how Queen Elizabeth honored Irby for his continued efforts to protect horses and she was adamantly opposed to soring. .