This week I joined with Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) to introduce the Horse Protection Act Amendments of 2012. The measure will make changes to the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to provide additional protections to prohibit the soring of horses, an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. In Tennessee, soring horses is illegal and unacceptable. Those responsible for abusing these horses should be punished severely and banned from the sport. How we treat animals is a direct reflection of our character, both as individuals and a nation. There is no ribbon, no prize nor championship worth the price of one's humanity.