Horse Protection Act Law and Legal Definition

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(APHIS) of the .S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)enforces the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA is a Federal law that prohibits horses subjected toa practice called soring from participating in shows,sales, exhibitions, or auctions. The HPA also prohibits drivers from transporting sored horses to or from anyof these events. APHIS works actively with the horse industry to protect against such abuse and ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows. The Act’s ultimate goal is to end this inhumane practice completely.