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Resolution RS2019-1868

A resolution condemning animal abuse in any form, including the soring and mistreatment of horses, and recognizing the federal regulatory safeguards in place to protect horses.

WHEREAS, Nashville and its citizens are against any form of animal abuse, soring or the mistreatment of any animal, including horses; and

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Walking Horse is the official horse of the state of Tennessee and Nashville and Davidson County are committed to preserving its history and tradition as the only breed of horse with the name of the state included in the official breed name; and

WHEREAS, regulation under the Horse Protection Act by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is appropriate to prevent and eliminate burdens upon commerce and to effectively regulate commerce; and

WHEREAS, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that the program through which the Secretary inspects horses is inadequate for preventing soring; and

WHEREAS, historically, Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses have been subjected to soring; and

WHEREAS, despite federal regulations in effect related to inspection for purposes of ensuring that horses are not sore, violations of the Horse Protection Act continue to be prevalent in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse breeds; and

WHEREAS, additional federal regulations, including the passage of the federal Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, are needed to ensure that all horses are free from soring and abuse; and

WHEREAS, Davidson County encourages any person with knowledge of any animal abuse, including any abuse of horses, to contact the appropriate authorities.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as expressing its opposition of any form of animal abuse, soring or the mistreatment of any animal, including horses.

Section 2. Nashville recognizes that any horse must be inspected prior to showing at any show, including any show in Davidson County by a licensed inspector under the Horse Protection Act codified in 15 U.S.C. §§ 1821–1831 to ensure compliance with the Horse Protection Act and that only sound horses are allowed in any show, sale or exhibition.

Section 3. Nashville recognizes and acknowledges federal law exists to regulate horses and prohibits the use of items outlined in 9 CFR § 11.2.

Section 4. The Metropolitan Council further goes on record as supporting the passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to ensure that all horses are free from soring and abuse. Further, the Metropolitan Council urges members of the Tennessee Delegation to the United States Senate cosponsor and pass the PAST Act.

Section 5. The Metropolitan Clerk is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to each member of the Tennessee Delegation to the United States Senate.

Section 6. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Nancy VanReece, Sheri Weiner, Erica Gilmore

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Legislative History

Referred toHealth, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee

Introduced August 6, 2019


AmendedAugust 6, 2019

AdoptedAugust 6, 2019

ApprovedAugust 7, 2019

By:Mayor Briley's signature

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Last Modified: 08/12/2019 12:33 PM