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HR 305, the HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT OF 2009, PASSED

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 29, 2010


This is the best news in a very long time:

HR 305, the HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT OF 2009, PASSED by a voice vote out of committee!
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h305ih.txt.pdf

111TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. R. 305

To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JANUARY 8, 2009

Mr. KIRK (for himself, Mr. COHEN, and Mr. WHITFIELD) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

 

A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2009’’.

SECTION 2. TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 805 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘‘(a) PROHIBITION.—No person may transport, or cause to be transported, a horse from a place in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States through or to a place in another State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

‘‘(b) CIVIL PENALTY.— A person that knowingly violates this section is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of at least $100 but not more than $500 for each violation. A separate violation occurs under this section for each horse that is transported, or caused to be transported, in violation of this section. On learning of a violation, the Attorney General shall bring a civil action to collect the penalty in the district court of the United States for the judicial district in which the violation occurred or the defendant resides or does business.

‘‘(c) MOTOR VEHICLE DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘motor vehicle’ means a vehicle driven or drawn by mechanical power and manufactured primarily for use on public highways, but does not include a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails.

‘‘(d) RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS.—The penalty provided under this section shall be in addition to a penalty or remedy available under any other law or common law.’’.

(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—The analysis for such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

          `80505. Transportation of horses.’.

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14 Responses to “HR 305, the HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT OF 2009, PASSED”

  1. Donna Buscemi said

    So, as usual, the BLM is in violation of another law. Surprising! How do they manage to get away with this? When I looked on line yesterday all I found was the Safe Transportation of Horses to slaughter. Didn’t want to refer anyone to this one, since the word “slaughter was in it. They come up with enough evil on their own.

    • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

      When did they transport in double deckers??? Did I miss something???
      I thought this law only passed today or in the past week???
      T.

      ~~~I should have said “bill” not, “law”… my bad… LOL looooonnnnggggg day! T.~~~

  2. Donna Buscemi said

    “in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.”

    I just thought of this, can they get away with this by saying that horses were not on the second level or is just having a second level enough to be in violation?

    • tracielynnthompson@yahoo.com said

      No, horses cannot be transported in any trailer with a second level or more that is intended for the transport of animals, no matter if they are IN that 2nd level or not.
      T.

  3. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THAT GREAT ONE BILL PASSED BUT IT DOES NOT STOP HORSES BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS US BORDERS TO SLAUGHTER. I WILL JUMP UP IN THE AIR AND SHOUT WHEN HR-503 HAS PASSED. IS EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON TO FRIGHTENED TO STAND UP? MAYBE THE NEW CREW OF CONGRESS AND SENATE COMING INTO OFFICE IN NOVEMBER WILL NOT BE AFRAID.

  4. Roxy said

    I must be reading something different that everyone else? All I see is it passed out of COMMITTEE – which is huge but that only means it goes to the floor for a vote – not done yet.

    • No, not done yet, as far as I know that’s right… It’s only been passed out of committee. So yea, now it goes to the floor for a vote, which yea, it freakin’ awesome, and of course means that we now have to ramp up our calls, emails, faxes and snail mail to our representives in Washington, D.C. to bring this issue as straight up in front of their faces as possible. Make their eyes cross just to see it because it’s so close! LOL!
      T.

  5. LOUIE COCROFT said

    TRACIE, THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!

  6. LOUIE COCROFT said

    Forgot about the caps button–old habits die hard.

  7. Chrystie Mort Davis said

    I appreciate the informational content of your blog and thank you for all you are doing on behalf of our wild horses and burros.

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