ACT NOW: Protect horses in transport
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
We have an opportunity to ban the transportation of horses across state lines in “double-decker” trailers.
Transporting horses in double-decker trailers is both dangerous and cruel, and can result in significant injuries and even death for horses. These trailers are designed for much shorter species, and fail to provide enough headroom for horses — forcing them to stand in painfully cramped conditions during long-distance transport.
There is some good news: Many states have already banned the use of these inhumane trailers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has prohibited the use of these trailers as a means of transporting horses to slaughter.
But there is no permanent federal law to prevent horses from being transported in these dangerous trailers for any other reason.
U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have introduced the Horse Transportation Safety Act in Congress to ban the transportation of horses across state lines in “double-decker” trucks or trailers.
Meredith, please take the following steps right now to help us ensure the safe transportation of horses:
- Call your U.S. Representative and urge them cosponsor the Horse Transportation Safety Act, H.R. 921. When you call your representative, use the following script:
“Hello, I am a constituent, and I’m calling to ask you to please cosponsor the Horse Transportation Safety Act, H.R. 921, to protect horses from being transported in dangerous double-decker trucks and trailers. Thank you.”
- Use this link to follow up your call with a personalized email urging your representative to cosponsor H.R. 921!
Will you join us in supporting this critical bill to protect the safety of all horses? Using these double-decker trucks and trailers is a cruel and inhumane practice that often results in needless deaths of horses in transport.
Thank you for your support,
Holly Gann Bice
Director of Government Relations
American Wild Horse Campaign