Urge Your Senators to Support Horse Safety

Monday, September 30, 2013

Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 - Photo by Lindsey Turner

Dear Humanitarian,

The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 (S. 1459), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), amends Title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another—more commonly known as double-deck trailers.

Hauling horses in double-deck trailers is dangerous and inhumane. These trailers do not provide sufficient headroom for horses to stand upright. As a result, they often endure long journeys in cramped positions and suffer serious injuries. There have also been several horrific traffic accidents involving these trailers, resulting in severe injuries and brutal deaths of many horses.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "[d]ouble-deck trailers do not provide adequate headroom for equines, with the possible exception of foals and yearlings. We do not believe that trailers that have two or more permanent levels that are not collapsible can be adequately altered to accommodate adult equines, especially tall equines. A tall equine can be 8 feet tall to the top of its head when standing on all four legs and close to 12 feet tall when rearing."

What You Can Do:
Please ask your senators to cosponsor S. 1459 to prevent the use of double-deck trailers, with two or more levels stacked on top of one another, for hauling horses in the United States.

You can send your senators an email through the Compassion Index by clicking here. Once you are on the Compassion Index page, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.

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Chris Heyde
Deputy Director
Government and Legal Affairs

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