Soring – the practice of torturing/injuring a horse into taking exaggerated steps to look more pretty in competitions – is a growing problem in this country. Previously, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has the authority to monitor show horses and punish trainers that sore, but the program has been discontinued during the shutdown. ASPCA believes that some trainers might start resorting to pain-based tactics to change their horses’ gaits during this period without oversight.
Just a few hundred North Atlantic right whales remain alive at this point, and their existence is continually threatened by accidental fatal collisions with large boats. Normally, right whales receive protection from the National Marine Fisheries Service via its Dynamic Management Area program, which monitors ship speed in the right whale’s territory in order to prevent accidents, but this program will not be enforced during the shutdown.
Whales of all species face danger in cases of entanglement. While federal agents would usually respond to whales caught in nets promptly, now such incidents will be considered on a case-by-case basis of how life-threatening the entanglement is.
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