Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Ensure the Humane & Safe Transportation of Horses

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Horse Transportation Safety Act

Current Cosponsors (46):

Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Mike Capuano, Judy Chu, Yvette Clarke, Katherine Clark, Gerald Connolly, Elijah Cummings, Susan Davis, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Elizabeth Esty, Raul Grijalva,
Andy Harris, Alcee Hastings, Walter Jones, Bill Keating, Derek Kilmer,
Peter King, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Nita Lowey, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jim McGovern, Jerry McNerney,
Martha McSally, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Napolitano, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David Price, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, Carol Shea-Porter, Albio Sires, Louise Slaughter, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Dina Titus, Nikki Tsongas,
Nydia Velazquez, Peter Welch


Dear Colleague:

We write to invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2017,
previously H.R. 1282 in the 114th  and a bipartisan Senate companion, S. 946.

On July 29, 2010 the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unanimously approved this bipartisan legislation by voice vote. 

On November 7, 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a statement recognizing the exploitation of a loophole in current regulation banning the transport of horses in double deck trailers, whereby drivers have an incentive to inhumanely
transport horses to assembly points then reload them into single level trailers just outside their final destination.  

This legislation would close this unsafe and inhumane loophole by:

  1. Prohibiting interstate transportation of horses in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another. 
  2. Creating civil penalties of at least $100 but not more than $500 for each horse involved. 

The Horse Transportation Act is strongly supported by agricultural interests and animal protection groups alike. The Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the United States, and the National Black Farmers Association all support the legislation.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has approved the National Agriculture Safety Database’s research calling for at least 7’-8’ ceiling clearance for horses when traveling.  The average horse stands 7’ (15 hands) high and when traveling should at
least have adequate headroom to stand with normal posture.  Double deck trailers do not provide horses the ability to do so.

Currently, irresponsible transporters are not only endangering the lives of horses by hauling them long distances in trailers built for shorter necked livestock species like cattle, sheep and swine (ceilings ranging from 4’7”-5’11”), but also put the lives
of other drivers in grave danger.  We have witnessed the dangerous nature of these double decker trailers in several horrific accidents. On October of 2007, fifteen horses died when a double deck trailer carrying 59 Belgian draft horses (normal large load
= 10 horses) overturned on Route 41 in Illinois. Unfortunately, we know that accidents like this are not an uncommon occurrence.  

For more information or to become an original cosponsor, please contact Don Andres in Rep. Steve Cohen’s Office at or 202-225-3265, or Bryan Martin in Rep. Walter B. Jones’ Office at or 202-225-3415.




Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09)

Member of Congress


Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC-03)

Member of Congress 

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