Have you ever seen a double-deck trailer transporting horses? Even though it's against the law to transport horses in that fashion on their way to slaughter, it's not an uncommon sight.
But the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it doesn't have the resources to enforce the regulation. And the law also allows horses to be hauled in double-deck trailers to destinations other than slaughter houses, such as rodeos. According to the Animal Law Coalition, violators routinely haul horses long distances in double-deck trailers until they get relatively close to a slaughter house. They then transfer the horses to another vehicle so they don't get caught as they approach the slaughter house.
But rodeo operators are calling foul and want a new bill that would ban the use of double-deck trailers to transport horses across the board. The provision was approved last Friday by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It proposes, in part, to levy a fine of $100 to $500 per horse transported "in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of each other." The USDA has voiced support for the broader ban.