APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

On July 26, 2016, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule amending Horse Protection Act regulations concerning horse inspections at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.  In particular, APHIS proposes to assume responsibility for training, licensing, and monitoring third-party, independent inspectors (known as “designated qualified persons” or DQPs) as well as adding licensing eligibility requirements for DQPs.  In addition, APHIS proposes to prohibit use of pads, substances, and action devices on horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.  The rule will likely impact horse show management, trainers, breeders, farriers, and individuals currently serving as DQPs. 

Comments are due by September 26, 2016 and can be submitted electronically here.  In addition to soliciting comment, APHIS will be hosting five public hearings: Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Aug. 9, 2016); Lexington, Kentucky (Aug. 10, 2016); Sacramento, California (Aug. 16, 2016); Riverdale, Maryland (Sept. 6, 2016); and a virtual hearing (Sept. 15, 2016). 

For more information, please click here to read the Federal Register notice.

Advocacy contact: Daniel T. Kane at 202.205.7144

Date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016