Did you know that double-decker trailers are sometimes used to transport horses? It’s true and two federal lawmakers want the practice banned.

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U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Mark Kirk have re-introduced the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013.

“Double-decker trailers are designed for cattle and hogs, not horses,” said Menendez. “This legislation would put a much needed end to the inhumane and unsafe practice of transporting horses in trailers with two or more levels stacked on top of each other, regardless of the purpose.”

Six states have banned the use of double-decker trailers for any type of horse transport: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

“Not only is this type of conveyance cruel, but it also jeopardizes safe roadway conditions for New Jersyans and all of those who travel through our state,” said Menendez.

In November 2007, the USDA prohibited the transport of horses to slaughter in double deck trailers. Menendez and Kirk feel a uniform federal law is needed so that he Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 applies across the board.