Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ban on double decker trailers passes House Committee

Tuesday's Horse

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 3, 2010) — In 2007, a double-decker trailer carrying 59 Belgian horses in Illinois overturned when the driver ran a red light and hit another vehicle. Nine of the horses died on the scene and six were later euthanized due to their injuries.
In response to this and other incidents involving horses on double-decker trailers, U.S. Represenative Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Steve Cohel (D-TN), introduced legislation to ban these trailers for use in transporting horses. The legislation, called the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009, has been passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Some states have already banned or attempted bans of the use of double-decker trailers for horse transport, but H.R. 305 would create a nationwide ban, covering all states and U.S. territories.
The next step for the Horse Transporation Safety Act is to move to a vote of the full House, which is expected to happen after the Horse returns from recess in September.
For more information on this bill, see Thomas.gov. Select bill number, enter HR 305 and click search button.

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