Ban Double-Decker Horse Trailers for Interstate Travel

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Originally Posted: 21 August 2008

Ban Double-Decker Horse Trailers for Interstate Travel

Federal Legislation - Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2008 HR 6278

Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to support HR 6278, to prohibit the transportation of horses in any type of two-tiered vehicle.

Summary of Bill

This bill would prohibit the use of double-decker or higher vehicles for the transportation of horses in interstate commerce.

It is very straight forward proposition: double-decker transport vehicles are not suitable for the transportation of horses. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), humane societies and veterinary associations, two-tiered trailers are an unsafe, cruel and inhumane method of transporting horses.

Multi-level transport vehicles:

  • Are not designed to carry horses
  • Fail to provide the horses with adequate head space
  • Have high rates of injury associated with them

Prohibiting the use of these vehicles would save horses from needless harm during transportation. It would also slow down the movement of horses on their way to Canada or Mexico, destined for slaughter. While this provision will not stop the slaughter of horses over the borders, it will make it more costly and hopefully slow down the number of horses transported on a daily basis.

Find your Legislators here and write to them to support HR 6278:

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