Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009," prohibits the interstate transport of horses in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced the legislation into the House on Jan. 8. It was later referred to the committee. Kirk represents Lake County, Ill., the site of an October 2007 double-decker trailer rollover accident that killed 17 draft horses in transit through Illinois from Indiana.

Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) co-sponsored the bill.

The legislation carries civil penalties of at least $100 but not more than $500 for each violation. A separate violation occurs for each illegally transported horse.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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