Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Equine Transport Measure

The Rhode Island General Assembly has passed legislation to ban the use of double-decker trucks to transport horses in the state. Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, D-Providence, and Rep. Amy Rice, D-Portsmouth, introduced the legislation in response to an accident that occurred last year in Illinois. That accident resulted in the death of 18 young Belgian draft horses after a double-decker cattle truck overturned.

"The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Senator Ruggerio and Representative Rice for spearheading this important legislation to protect horses," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the HSUS. "We have seen grisly and tragic accidents in other states, and the best way to protect horses from such horrors is to enact common-sense policies to protect them during transport."

Federal legislation is currently pending to ban the use of double-decker trailers for transporting horses (H.R. 6278), and to end horse slaughter for human consumption and prohibit the export of horses for slaughter in other countries (S. 311/H.R. 503).

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