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We have been working since last October moving the Fund for Horses website to WordPress.

Please check it out when you have a few minutes, and make sure to mark it so you can visit us there whenever you like.

Being hosted by WordPress it is more than just a static site. You can like and share all over the place and more.

Another bonus to our new website is you can easily come back here whenever you like. Our five most recent Tuesday’s Horse posts are linked in the sidebar.

We also have a handy page with links to all of your favourite Reports by Jane Allin, plus our ever popular Premstoppers® campaign.

Please visit our Advocacy page and take action against horse slaughter and horse soring.

It’s a pretty deep site, so you can find pretty much anything including information about horse care resources, our ever popular horse quotes plus spiritual resources from our original website in or around 2003.

Here are two of our favourites:

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Thank you!

Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2019

Horses peer out from trailer. CBC.

H.R. 1400, The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2019, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN-9] on February 27, 2019. As of this writing H.R. 1400 has 83 cosponsors.

Purpose: To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another, and for other purposes.

If this bill becomes law, it will prohibit the transportation of all horses in double-deck trailers, not just those bound for slaughter.

Double deck trailers are not designed for horses. They are designed for much shorter livestock such as cattle and hogs.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has spoken against the use of transporting horses using double-deck trailers.

In 2017 “the AVMA cited data within the scientific literature suggesting that equines suffer 3.5 times more lacerations and abrasions in double-deck trailers compared to straight-deck trailers.”

Illustration of a double decker truck used to transport cattle. You can see that they are not intended for horses. Source: AWI.
Illustration of a double decker truck used to transport cattle. You can see that they are not intended for horses. Source: AWI.

The USDA agree with the AVMA:

“Double-deck trailers do not provide adequate headroom for equines, with the possible exception of foals and yearlings. We do not believe that trailers that have two or more permanent levels that are not collapsible can be adequately altered to accommodate adult equines, especially tall equines. A tall equine can be 8 feet tall to the top of its head when standing on all four legs and close to 12 feet tall when rearing. We do not believe that equines can be safely and humanely transported on a conveyance that has an animal cargo space divided into two or more stacked levels. (9 CFR Parts 70 and 88)”.

The Animal Welfare Institute, promoters of H.R.1400, reminds us of this following tragedy. There have been many more since.

“A horrific accident several years ago involving a double-deck tractor trailer carrying 59 Belgian draft horses through Wadsworth, Illinois was the impetus behind federal legislation to end this inhumane and unsafe form of transportation. The crash was so severe that it took more than five hours before authorities could free the suffering horses from the mangled truck. Sadly, nine horses died on the scene, with another six dying later because of injuries sustained during the tragedy.

“It is not merely the potential for catastrophic accidents that make these trailers inhumane, however. Even absent such wrecks, the use of these trailers can lead to serious injuries of horses during transport—a point on which humane organizations, veterinary associations and the US Department of Agriculture agree”.

A emergency responder tends to a horse injured in a horrific double-deck trailer crash in 2017 near Wadsworth, Illinois. Photographer unknown.
A emergency responder tends to a horse injured in a horrific double-deck trailer crash near Wadsworth, Illinois. Photographer unknown.

The Chicago Tribune reported,

The fate of 46 horses that survived a weekend wreck in Lake County remained unclear Sunday as investigators looked into why 59 Belgian draft horses were being transported in a double-deck trailer made for cattle and pigs.

“Picture a narrow trailer, slippery as snot, a dangerous cavern filled with horses piled on top of each other, some of them kicking dangerously,” said Colleen Fisch, the coordinator for horse enthusiasts in Wisconsin who helped with the rescue. “They were all in sections too small for horses.

“For the rescuers, it was extremely dangerous.”

Memorial left by local citizens for horses killed in double-deck trailer accident that eventually killed 17. Photographer unknown.
Memorial left by local citizens for horses killed in double-deck trailer accident that took the lives of numerous horses. Photographer unknown.

KILL BUYERS AND RODEOS

Killer buyers for horse slaughter plants routinely transport horses in double-deck trailers. Horses often arrive at horse slaughter plants with horrific injuries, some trampled to death by frightened, panicked horses crammed in there with them.

Rodeo stock contractors feel they stand to suffer adverse effects if a ban on transporting in double-deck trailers is imposed. They claim to use modified versions of this type of trailer that make it safe and comfortable for horses to travel in. Others state that many have one level created with a higher clearance, and that the level with the lower floor to ceiling clearance is used to haul timed event cattle or bulls.

The agriculture community in general worry that passage of a provision like could lead to further restrictions on livestock transportation.

TAKE ACTION

Go to our Contacting Congress page for directions on emailing and telephoning your lawmakers. Make note of the bill name and number before you go — H.R. 1400, the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2019. Feel free to use any of the language on this page for your talking points on why your U.S. Representative should cosponsor and vote yes for this bill.

Thank you for getting involved.

Back in the blogging saddle again soon

Hello there. It has been a wild and crazy month. We have been so busy since the beginning of the year we have hardly had time to catch our breath let alone blog.

We even put Patsy our vegan bloggist on assignment so that’s why you haven’t heard anything from her. But she’s been saving up some goodies for you.

We have so much to share but we will not bombard you with it all at once. Just a bit at a time.

Hope you have had a good start to the year. Thank you for staying with us.

The Horse Fund Family

P.S. We aren’t on Instagram. Do you want us on Instagram? We’ll jump on it if you do. Let us know in comments or email us at horsefund@gmail.com.

Secret Santa time Christmas match

Christmas toy horse

Greetings horse lovers!

Secret Santa Time

Our Secret Santa for 2018 has been awesome and helping horses and us in all sorts of wonderful, magical ways.

He is now offering a matching gift opportunity to all of you! Double up on yuletide love for horses with us.

Make a Matching Gift Donation »

Make a $30 matching gift donation. Sign up to give $5 a month for 6 months. It cancels automatically.

Make It a Christmas Present

If you wish to make this a Christmas gift to someone special, on receipt of your donation, we will send you a printable gift announcement you can present in all sort of fun ways, such as rolling it up and tying ribbon around it to put under the tree or as a stock stuffer! Or you can opt for us to correspond with them directly.

More on our donation thank you page »

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This offer is good through midnight EST Christmas Day, December 25, 2018.