Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
Cosponsor the Horse Transportation Safety Act
Cosponsors (55): Nanette Diaz Barragán, Joyce Beatty, Donald Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Brendan Boyle, Sean Casten, Judy Chu, Yvette Clarke, Gerald Connolly, Elijah Cummings, Susan Davis, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Adriano Espaillat,
Brian Fitzpatrick, Raul Grijalva, Andy Harris, Alcee Hastings, Katie Hill, Jim Himes, Sheila Jackson Lee,
John Katko, Ro Khanna, Derek Kilmer, Peter King, Ann McLane Kuster, Ted Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Nita Lowey, Stephen Lynch, Tom Malinowski, Sean Patrick Maloney, Jim McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Jerrold Nadler,
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mark Pocan, David Price, Mike Quigley, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, Jose Serrano, Terri Sewell, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Thomas Suozzi, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, Nydia Velazquez,
Endorsed by: Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society of the United States, Animal Wellness Action, Animal Wellness Foundation, National Black Farmers Association, Return to Freedom, The Center for a Humane Economy
We write to invite you to become a cosponsor of the Horse Transportation Safety Act.
This legislation would close an unsafe and inhumane loophole which gives drivers an incentive to inhumanely transport horses to assembly points then reload them into single level trailers just outside their final destination by:
- Prohibiting interstate transportation of horses in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another.
- Creating civil penalties of at least $100 but not more than $500 for each horse involved.
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 a cosponsor, please contact Alex Schnelle in Rep. Steve Cohen’s Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-3265.
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