Humane Society Asks Attorney General to Investigate Horse-Soring

The Humane Society of the United States asked Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper in a letter received Thursday to investigate the role horse show management plays in allowing sored horses to compete. Soring, an abusive practice aimed at producing a higher gait among Tennessee Walking Horses, is illegal under federal and state law. The letter said the case of trainer Jackie L. McConnell proves the need for more action. McConnell was secretly filmed by the Humane Association abusing several horses, which led to his guilty plea in federal court this week to felony conspiracy to violating the federal Horse Protection Act. A spokesperson for Cooper said the office will review the Humane Society’s letter and determine what actions to take. The Tennessean has more