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Horse Slaughter Double Decker Trailer Ban Starts Today

Information supplied by the Equine Welfare Alliance

Stay Alert for Violations


Keep your eyes peeled for this type of trailer on the road

Today, October 7, 2011 the new rule affecting double decker transport of horses becomes effective. The Humane Society of the United States wants to be in a position to monitor compliance/violations while urging the USDA to enforce the new regulations. We are in the process of developing a monitoring plan and would like your assistance. We are aware that many rescues attend auctions on a regular basis and are often in a position to observe violations of the humane transport of equines. If you witness any violations, please contact us with the following information:

1. name, date, and address of the auction

2. name of the truck cab and trailer and the name of the trucking company

3. license plate information of the double decker trailer

4. If you are able to take video or stills with time and date stamps, that is preferred.  Video and stills without that information is still acceptable.  Information without any photos is fine too.

5. We will work with the information provided to us and you are allowed to remain anonymous.

6. You may use my contact information below and either email or call me.

We all need to work together to make sure the USDA does its job and enforces this new law.  Thanks for being the voice of the horses.

Valerie Pringle
Equine Protection Specialist, Equine Protection
t 301.258.1408     f 301.258.3078

15 replies »

  1. Agree that pictures taken by your cell is an excellent tool for documentation. This is one small victory for our equine. We need to be diligent in making sure this law is enforced. At least legs severed may be one less horrendous torture our equine receive before slaughter. Now lets sign the DC petition, call our Senators & US Reps and make sure slaughter is banned!! Thank you R.T. for all you do daily!


  2. Sometimes it’s really to know if the truck is carrying cattle or horses. For instance I saw a truck the other day but it was going the opposite direction. How and when are to know what’s what? I mean it could have beemer totally legit or something else.

    Any ideas for those directly not in the know how to spot the difference? And what should we do if the truck is going in the opposite direction of us?

    Thanks for the input.


  3. here where i live the double deckers are hauling a lot of cattle. our horse sale is every second tuesday of the month. i will let the ones that go know about this. yes i myself have seen this in the past. NOW FINALLY SOMETHING CAN BE DONE! thanks for this good news. and yes this auction uses double deckers!


  4. I have a good horse friend out in Idaho. Where she is at, she actually sees these double deckers go by on a weekly basis and makes her sick to know there are horses in those trailers… she is in a unique position to document these trailers, but she says they regularly have the DOT info hidden, erased, etc. She could still get a license plate though… How can she help.


  5. Aleta,

    I’m pretty sure it’s also illegal to not show the DOT information. If that is the case, she should for sure get the license plate information and report not only the violation, but the missing DOT info.



    • Yes, that is illegal not to show the DOT info. I am going to email Animal Angels to see what could be done on the ground there to catch these guys right there in Idaho.


    I hope I can put the link to this article on here R.T.!!
    Problem is, the paper work is going to have to say the horses are going to a slaughter plant right? Check out this article : bad part is they still use the language ” taken to a processing plant.” **********and the part where they dont want stallions with others because the injured horses MEAT would not be able to be used, and producers lose a lot of money, no mention of the welfare of the horse..
    Egrie said the changes prohibit hauling horses on double-decker trailers at any point if they’re being taken to a processing plant. They also have to be provided with feed, water and rest for six hours prior to each travel segment.

    “Other rules include no holes in the floor, and no pieces of metal sticking out or anything else in the vehicle that could harm them,” said Egrie. “Trailers must be in good condition.”

    He said stallions and other aggressive horses must be segregated, and all animals must be checked periodically to make sure they haven’t fallen. He said the rules also make good business sense.

    “Once animals are bruised, those pieces are not good for human consumption,” said Egrie. “It damages the quality of meat, and it gets cut out. Producers can lose a lot of money if animals are not handled properly.”


  7. Double deckers were not built for horses. They are built to move cattle. The ceilings are too low and horses generally get off with gashes in their foreheads.
    There is no consideration for size, movement, mares, stallions or foals. I doubt if any one is worried about bruised meat. The faster they are processed the less damage to see. They are quite simply hell on wheels.I try to see what each one is carrying. There are plenty here in North Texas. My heart stops every time I see one.


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