This section of our website has information on action you can take to help the horses; pending legislation; USDA Regulations on the handling and slaughter of horses; individual state transport laws; California's Prop 6 which banned the sale of CA horses to slaughter, (Yes, CA's horse industry is still thriving!) and other related information.
Many states have their laws, (statutes or codes) online. You can check on the status of legislation affecting horses by going to your state legislatures website and doing a search. Type in the word "equine" or "horse". Often you can communicate with your state and or United States Senators and Representatives by e-mail. Remember though to include your full name and address in your e-mail.
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Resources for State Laws Regarding Horses
This site is an excellent resource for statutes and cases regarding all animals.
Double Deck Cattle Trailers Transporting Horses
On the use of double decker cattle trailers to transport horses. Any state that has a law against the cruel and inhumane transport of horses or animals, can use that law to prosecute people who use double deckers to transport horses. In court the prosecutor must prove and demonstrate why a double deck cattle trailer is cruel and inhumane for horses. This is not difficult. This is a no brainer.
Double deck cattle trailers are not manufactured or designed to transport horses.
Read, learn & print out your state's anti-cruelty law. Put a copy of it in your car in the glovebox. Be on the alert for double deck trailers carrying horses. If you see horses inside a double deck cattle trailer:
is a double deck slatside cattle trailer used
to transport horses to slaughter. The truck
in the above photo is a brown International
cabover with a sleeper.The truck in the photo
below is a purple conventional with a sleeper.
This IS a double decker cattle and hog trailer,
also known as a 'possum belly or'pot'.
The trailer pictured BELOW, is a SINGLE tier trailer.
is a single tier trailer used to transport
horses to slaughter.
The Commercial Transportation of Horses to Slaughter Act
We will be adding the original bill introduced
by US Congressman Goodling and documents from welfare
organizations whose original position and final positions
did an about face on the issue.
The final rule legalizes every inhumane practice identified in the transport
of horses to slaughter, and put the very people identified as the abusers,
the "killer buyers" in charge of the horses. This is the fox guarding
the hen house.
Proposed regs will legalize every inhumane practice identified in the transport
of horses to slaughter!
Doubles will be legal for 5 years AFTER the proposed regs go into effect. It has already been 4 1/2 years, that makes for 10 years of the continued use of doubles after this legislation passed..
on Proposed Regulations For the 1996 Commercial Transportation of Horses To Slaughter Act
CA Equine Council's
Comments on the Proposed Regulations For the 1996 Commercial Transportation of Horses To Slaughter Act
April - June 1998
American Horse Council, American Horse Protection Association, & Humane Society of US
propose to legalize every inhumane practice identified in the transport of horses to slaughter & put the very people identified as the abusers, the "killer buyers" in charge of the horses!
1996 Commercial Transportation Of Horses To Slaughter Act
PA Horse Transport Law
HistoryWe will be posting a history of this legislation
Act 64 of 2000-PA's Horse Transport Bill-The strongest law in the US banning double deckers for horses. No loopholes in this law!
2000-PA's Three Legged Horse Bill
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