Horse Protection Act

Overview: Horse Protection Act

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Provides a synopsis of the Horse Protection Act. Information also provided about the use of thermography in horse protection, program reports, foreign substance penalty protocols, and updates from USDA, APHIS Animal Care.

Horse Protection Act (15 USC, 1821-1831)

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The HPA prohibits horses subjected to a process called soring from participating in exhibitions, sales, shows, or auctions.

Horse Protection Regulations

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Code of Federal Regulations, Title 9, Chapter 1, Parts 11 and 12.

Tech Note: APHIS Form 7060 Horse Protection Act. (PDF | 102KB)

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Questions and Answers: APHIS Form 7060 Horse Protection Act

Tech Note: HPA: Questions and Answers about Iris Scan Technology. (PDF | 101KB)

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USDA Horse Protection Program utilizing iris scan technology for equine identification.

USDA Posts the Latest Horse Protection Act Enforcement Information
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:58
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To more efficiently share Horse Protection Act (HPA) information, USDA Animal Care is using the USDA/APHIS Stakeholder Registry to periodically alert you when we post our enforcement activities.

The following link contains individuals that we have recently disqualified under the Horse Protection Act: (This disqualification list is also attached to this message as a .pdf file.)

While under federal disqualification, a person is prohibited from showing, exhibiting or entering any horse – directly or indirectly – through any agent, employee or other device. Disqualification also prohibits an individual from judging, managing or otherwise participating in any horse show/exhibition/sale/auction.

We will continue to do all we can to make the cruel and inhumane practice of soring horses a thing of the past. For more information, please visit our Horse Protection Program webpage:

At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do

• DQ and Penalty List - as of Sept 11, 2015.pdf