U.S. House to Consider Additional Funding for Animal Protection Laws

Three amendments to a U.S. House appropriations bill — H.R. 3055 — would provide additional funding for enforcement of laws protecting animals, The Tennessean reports. Among the initiatives that will benefit from an increased budget is legislation introduced by Tennessee Republican senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, known as the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2019. The act provides additional protections for Tennessee walking horses from being subject to soring, a process where chemicals or foreign objects are put on or into a horse's hooves to produce a higher gait. Voting on the appropriations bill is expected to begin today.

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