Monday, February 6, 2012

Effort Under Way to Ban Double-Deck Horse Trailers

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Have you ever seen a double-deck trailer transporting horses? Even though it's against the law to transport horses in that fashion on their way to slaughter, it's not an uncommon sight.

Double-decked horse trailer
  • Double-deck horse trailer.

But the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it doesn't have the resources to enforce the regulation. And the law also allows horses to be hauled in double-deck trailers to destinations other than slaughter houses, such as rodeos. According to the Animal Law Coalition, violators routinely haul horses long distances in double-deck trailers until they get relatively close to a slaughter house. They then transfer the horses to another vehicle so they don't get caught as they approach the slaughter house.

But rodeo operators are calling foul and want a new bill that would ban the use of double-deck trailers to transport horses across the board. The provision was approved last Friday by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It proposes, in part, to levy a fine of $100 to $500 per horse transported "in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of each other." The USDA has voiced support for the broader ban.

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