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State Transport Laws
Transport Related Violations
IN Horse Transport Law SB86
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CA Transport Law
Penal Code 597(o)
597o. (a) Any person who transports an equine in
a vehicle to slaughter shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The vehicle shall have sufficient clearance to
allow the equine to be transported in a standing
its head in a normal upright position above its withers.
(2) Any ramps and floors in the vehicle shall be
covered with a nonskid surface to prevent the
equine from slipping.
(3) The vehicle shall provide adequate ventilation
to the equine while the equine is being transported.
(4) The sides and overhead of the vehicle shall be
constructed to withstand the weight of any equine
which may put pressure against the sides or overhead.
(5) Any compartments in the interior of the vehicle
shall be constructed of smooth materials and
shall contain no protrusions or sharp objects.
(6) The size of the vehicle shall be appropriate
for the number of equine being transported and
the welfare of the equine shall not be jeopardized
(7) Stallions shall be segregated during transportation
(8) Diseased, sick, blind, dying, or otherwise disabled
equine shall not be transported out of this state.
(9) Any equine being transported shall be able to
bear weight on all four feet.
(10) Unweaned foals shall not be transported.
(11) Mares in their last trimester of pregnancy shall
not be transported.
(12) The person shall notify a humane officer having
jurisdiction 72 hours before loading the equine
in order that the humane officer may perform
a thorough inspection of the vehicle to determine
if all requirements of
this section have been satisfied.
(b) (1) Any person who violates this section is guilty
of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of
one hundred dollars ($100) per equine being transported.
(2) Any person who violates this section for a second
or subsequent time is guilty of a misdemeanor
and shall be fined five hundred dollars ($500)
per equine being transported.
(c) Whenever a person is taken into custody by an
officer for a violation of this section, the
officer shall take charge of the vehicle and
its contents and deposit the property in some
place of custody.
(d) (1) Any necessary expense incurred for taking
care of and keeping the property described in
(c) is a lien thereon, to be paid before the property
can be lawfully recovered.
(2) If the expense, or any part thereof, remains
unpaid, it may be recovered by the person incurring
the expense from the owner of the equine in an
(e) For the purposes of this section, "equine" means
any horse, pony, burro, or mule.
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is a double deck slatside trailer used to
transport horses to slaughter. The truck
in the above photo is a brown International
cabover with a sleeper.The truck in the photo
below is a purple conventional with a sleeper.
This IS a double decker cattle and hog trailer,
also known as a 'possum belly or'pot' because
the section of the trailer between the rear
axles of the trailer and the "fifth wheel
or nosedeck" section of the trailer is lower
to the ground than the rest of the trailer.
A possum belly trailer is similiar to a moving van such as, "MayFlower",
straight deck trailer is similar to the freight trailers seen
on the highway such as, Wal-Mart, JB Hunt, RoadWay.
The trailer pictured BELOW, is a straight deck SINGLE tier trailer.
This is NOT a double decker,"possum belly" or "pot".
This is a single tier trailer used to transport horses to slaughter. The truck is a Western Star conventional with a sleeper.
This is NOT a double decker or a "possum belly".