Help the Horses – Support These Two Bills

Posted by Stephan Otto, ALDF's Director of Legislative Affairs on June 3, 2009

Please help end the abusive practice of transporting horses by double-decker trailers and stop the slaughter of horses for human consumption! Contact your United States Representative today and ask him or her to support H.R. 305 and H.R. 503.

These two important bills have recently been introduced in Congress and need the support of your United States Representative:

The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009 (H.R. 305) will ban the use of double-decker livestock trailers in the interstate transportation of horses. While current law prohibits the use of these trailers in transporting horses to slaughter, a loophole exists that allows their transportation to any other non-slaughter location, e.g. feedlots, auctions and other facilities. These low-ceiling double-decker trailers were not designed for horses, and horses forced onto them must endure having their heads bent over for hours upon hours in overcrowded conditions while suffering a high risk of sustaining injury or even death.

The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503)
will end the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the domestic and international transport of live horses or horseflesh for human consumption. Currently, tens of thousands of horses are transported to international destinations to suffer inhumane slaughter in order to please the palates of those in other countries who consume horses. The predecessor to this bill came very close to being passed during the last session of Congress, and now is the time to ensure this bill becomes law.

Please contact your United States Representative today and ask him or her to support H.R. 305 and H.R. 503.

Let Congress know that joining your voice are the voices of over a quarter of a million people who have signed ALDF’s Animal Bill of Rights, supporting the belief that horses, and all animals, should be free from exploitation and abuse by humans.

Thank you for speaking up for horses and being an advocate for all animals!

One thought on “Help the Horses – Support These Two Bills

  1. Ali Longley says:

    It really is a crucial time for horses and legislation for thier welfare. I live in Montana, where a bill has just passed to allow the construction of horse slaughterhouses in the state. Although it seems an uphill battle in light of this state’s political atmosphere, I’ll still urge my Congressmen to oppose these bills.

    You can read more about it on my blog at