Written by Michelle Kretzer
envisioning horses crammed inside two shallow levels of a double-decker trailer
intended for cattle, it's easy to see how these tall animals would be cramped,
uncomfortable, and terrified.
But forcing horses to squeeze into these confined spaces is more than
uncomfortable—it can cause falls, injuries, trampling, and even
U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would ban transporting horses in
double-deckers, but one congressmember
has proposed a last-minute amendment that would strike that provision from the
bill. Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado is asking Congress to approve his amendment
to the American Energy and
Infrastructure Jobs Act because he feels the
ban on double-decker trailers targets Western states and rodeos.
U.S. Department of Agriculture has already acknowledged that these trailers are
unsafe and inhumane for horses and has banned transporters from taking horses to slaughter
it is not illegal to transport horses in double-deckers for any other purpose—but it should be. Ask your representative to support
the humane treatment of horses and oppose Gardner's amendment that strips away
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