Monday, January 12, 2009

HR 305 Needs Our Support

Alert! HR-305 needs our support

Posted by: "John Holland" hollandtechserv

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:03 pm (PST)

Hi Folks,

Well, the new 111th Congress has started and we already have a bill. This is not the new anti-slaughter bill, but one to ban the use of double decker trailers for all horse transport. Two years ago they were banned for slaughter horses, but it was difficult to prove the horses were headed to slaughter. Moreover, there is no good reason to ever transport horses this way.
Besides protecting horses in transit, this bill will make slaughter a little bit less profitable. It might also prevent some of the terrible accidents that keep happening with these rigs. Let's get this one passed quick!
John Holland
Stop Inhumane Horse Transport
Double decker trailers are designed for short-necked species, such as cattle and hogs, not horses. However, current federal law allows horses to be transported in these trailers to any destination other than slaughter plants.

Since these trailers are not meant to carry horses, frequently the top deck of the trailer will collapse, resulting in horrific injuries and even death. Just last year, a double decker trailer carrying 59 young Belgian horses overturned on an Illinois highway, killing 17 horses and injuring dozens of others.

Fortunately, Representatives Kirk (R-IL) and Cohen (D-TN) introduced, H.R. 305, the Horse Transportation Safety Act, to ban the use of double decker trailers for all horse transport.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative to urge support for H.R. 305 to prohibit double decker trailers for horse transport. You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here to look up your Representative and the phone number.

After making your call, fill in and submit the form on the right to automatically send an email to your U.S. Representative. Remember to personalize the email message by expressing your opinion in your own words; it's much more effective.

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