|Double-decker trailers are intended for smaller livestock such as cattle and pigs and aren’t considered safe or humane for equines.|
Following the Government Accountability Office report on equine welfare and horse slaughter, members of Congress have taken a step toward improving conditions for horses in transport.
The bill states, in part:
No person may transport, or cause to be transported, a horse from a place in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States through or to a place in another State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of each other.
This is not the first time that legislation to outlaw horse transport in double-decker trailers has been proposed. In 2009, Senator Kirk, then a Representative, sponsored H.R. 305, the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009. However, that bill was never put to a vote of the full House of Representatives.
“It is time that we put an end to the inhumane practice of using double-decker trailers to transport horses,” said Sen. Kirk. “Stacking these animals one atop the other in a moving vehicle is simply an accident waiting to happen. It is not only a cruel way to transport horses, but it also puts human lives at risk.”
The full text of the bill is available at Thomas.gov