(ANIMAL WELFARE/HORSES/CELEBRITY NEWS) “Don’t Be Cruel.” Elvis Presley might have sung his hit song to congress today if it meant getting them to stop the senseless torture of innocent horses.

An avid horseman, Elvis even gave a four-year old black Quarter Horse named Domino to his former wife Priscilla Presley.

Now, inspired by Elvis, she’s taking the reigns and urging congress to pass legislation to protect Tennessee walking horses from abuse.

Elvis Presley at Graceland in the 1950's. "The King of Rock n' Roll" loved horses so much he purchased a ranch in Mississippi, the Circle-G, house the many horses he gifted to his friends./Photo credit: elvispresleymusic.com au
Elvis Presley at Graceland in the 1950’s. “The King of Rock n’ Roll” loved horses so much he purchased a ranch in Mississippi, the Circle-G, to house the many horses he gifted to his friends. Photo credit: elvispresleymusic.com au
Elvis Presley's passion for horses inspired Priscilla to support HSUS' campaign to save abused Tennessee Walking Horses.  "The King" bought his former wife a four-year old black Quarter Horse named Domino./Photo credit: Elvisblog.net
Elvis Presley’s passion for horses inspired Priscilla to support HSUS’ campaign to save abused Tennessee Walking Horses. Photo credit: Elvisblog.net

Priscilla Presley said in a statement:

“Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee walking horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures.

Today, 43 years after the passage of the federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of ‘soring,’ these horses continue to suffer at the hands of abusive trainers.

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture.”

Presley alongside The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, pop singer Ke$ha, and Hot In Cleveland‘s Wendy Malick are just a few of the horse-loving celebrities to join the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) campaign supporting the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013.

This bill is critical to ending the brutal practice of soring—the deliberate infliction of pain unscrupulous trainers subject on horses to exaggerate their high-stepping gait.

Keith Dane, VP Equine Protection HSUS, says:

Priscilla Presley's fond memories of her and Elvis' love of horses has inspired her to join The Humane Society of the United States’ campaign in support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013./Photo credit: horsesofgraceland.tumblr.com
Priscilla Presley’s fond memories of her and Elvis’ love of horses prompted her to support the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013. Photo credit: horsesofgraceland.tumblr.com

“The horse-loving” public is fed up with the ‘Big Lick’ subculture of cruelty and deception, and the PAST Act holds the key to bring that abuse to an end.

We welcome Ms. Presley’s voice to the chorus of support for the bill, and we urge Congress to act promptly to pass it.”

The PAST Act is an amendment to the 1970’s Horse Protection Act. If passed, it would ban the use of certain devises associated with soring, strengthen penalties and hold everyone involved in this cruel practice accountable.

Tennessee Walking Horses are known for their distinctive gait and willing natures. Many of these beautiful animals are subjected to a cruel practice called soring, the intentional infliction of pain to get their feet and legs to produce an exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick."/Photo credit: eveningshadefarm.com
Tennessee Walking Horses are known for their distinctive gait and willing natures. Many of these beautiful animals are subjected to a cruel practice called soring, the intentional infliction of pain to get their feet and legs to produce an exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick.” Photo credit: eveningshadefarm.com

A video from HSUS exposing the cruelty of soring can be viewed by clicking here.

If you’d like to take action and help stop this cruel and abusive practice of soring Tennessee walking horses just go to www.humanesociety.org. One phone call could help put an end to this barbaric practice.

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