Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate last week would make illegal the interstate transportation of horses in double-decker trailers.
That way of transport was deemed “inhumane and unsafe” by the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 is similar to failed legislation in 2010 and 2011. The bill would create civil penalties of up to $500 for each horse that is transported in the trailers.
“Double-decker trailers are designed for cattle and hogs, not horses,” Menendez said in a statement. “This legislation would put a much-needed end to the inhumane and unsafe practice of transporting horses in trailers with two or more levels stacked on top of each other, regardless of the purpose.”
Kirk sponsored the earlier bills after a 2007 accident in Illinois killed 18 horses.
“It is not only a cruel way to transport horses, but it also puts motorists’ lives at risk,” Kirk said in a statement.
Jon Samson, executive director of American Trucking Associations’…
By Eric Miller, Staff Reporter for TT