Protect Our Horses!
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.