Senate bill penalizes transporting horses in double-decker trailers

“Double-decker trailers are designed for cattle and hogs, not horses,” Menendez said Monday. “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. Not only is this type of conveyance cruel, but it also jeopardizes safe roadway conditions.”

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Six states have banned such a practice, but Menendez and Kirk said a uniform federal law is needed to eliminate confusion with interstate horse transporting.

“It is time we put an end to the inhumane and unsafe practice of transporting horses in double-decker trailers,” Kirk said. “A 2007 accident in Illinois involving one of these trailers killed 18 horses. It is not only a cruel way to transport horses, but it also puts motorists' lives at risk.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibited the transport of horses to slaughter in double-decker trailers, but not for other purposes.