Support Stronger Laws for HorsesPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on September 27, 2010
Contact your United States Representative today and ask him or her
to help end the abusive practice of transporting horses by
double-decker trailers and to stop the slaughter of horses for human
consumption by supporting H.R. 305 and H.R. 503.
These two important bills 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.