Sunday, January 11, 2009

Please Take Action Against DD Trailers for Equines

This is an Alert!

Legislation Being Introduced to the 111th Congress- HR 305

Stop Inhumane Horse Transport

Doubler decker trailers are designed for short-necked species, such as cattle and hogs, not horses. However, current federal law allows horses to be transported in these trailers to any destination other than slaughter plants.
Since these trailers are not meant to carry horses, frequently the top deck of the trailer will collapse, resulting in horrific injuries and even death. Just last year, a double decker trailer carrying 59 young Belgian horses overturned on an Illinois highway, killing 17 horses and injuring dozens of others.
Fortunately, Representatives Kirk (R-IL) and Cohen (D-TN) introduced, H.R. 305, the Horse Transportation Safety Act, to ban the use of double decker trailers for all horse transport.
TAKE ACTIONPlease make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative to urge support for H.R. 305 to prohibit double decker trailers for horse transport. You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here to look up your Representative and the phone number.
After making your call, fill in and submit the form on the right to automatically send an email to your U.S. Representative. Remember to personalize the email message by expressing your opinion in your own words; it's much more effective.

1 comment:

Wyoming State Leader Patricia Donley said...

These are horrible trailers for horses to be hauled in. They are beaten into them, crammed full, of all sizes, even foals, many get injured and can slip and fall down and not get up. Some are dead upon arrival. I pray to God this stops. It is illegal for truckers to haul horses to slaughter in them. But to get around it, they put on their destination papers they are being shipped just short of where they actually are slaughtered. I think that is why they are shipped in double deckers to almost Mexico and they are unloaded and have to walk across the border to their death.