Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Representatives Cohen, King, Titus and Fitzpatrick Introduce Horse Transportation Safety Act

February 27, 2019
Press Release
Would ensure the humane transport of horses

WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09), Peter King (NY-02), Dina Titus (NV-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) today introduced the Horse Transportation Safety Act, a measure to ensure the safe and humane treatment of horses on roads and highways by ending the exploitation of a regulatory loophole designed to ban transport of horses in double-deck trailers.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Horses deserve to be transported in as humane a manner as possible. Double-deck trailers do not provide adequate headroom for adult horses, and accidents involving double-deck trailers are a gruesome reminder that the practice is also dangerous to the driving public. I want to express my gratitude for the many years of hard work on this issue by my friend and colleague, the late Walter Jones of North Carolina.”

Congressman King made the following statement:

“I commend Representative Cohen for his leadership on this issue. It is imperative that we prevent the inhumane manner horses are sometimes transported by. It not only ensures the safety of these horses but the other drivers on the road. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation.”

Congresswoman Titus made the following statement:

“It’s past time for congress to close the loophole that encourages horses to be transported in a harmful way. I’m proud to co-sponsor this legislation to protect these beautiful animals.”

Congressman Fitzpatrick made the following statement:

“As a society, it is crucial that we protect the welfare of animals big and small. And as a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and an outspoken defender of animals, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare. I’m proud to stand with Representative Cohen to make sure drivers no longer have an incentive to transport horses in unsafe conditions.”

In addition to Representatives Cohen, King, Titus and Fitzpatrick, the bipartisan measure is cosponsored by 39 other Members. The measure is endorsed by the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society, the National Black Farmers Association and Return to Freedom, among others.