USDA Announces Withdrawal of Proposed Horse Protection Act Rule in order to Make Necessary Changes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the withdrawal of a rule it proposed in 2016 that would have updated the Horse Protection Act regulations. APHIS announced its finding that the 2016 rule does not reflect updated findings by the National Academy of Sciences relating to detecting soreness in walking horses as well as its intention to propose a new rule with a new public comment period at a later date.