After crash, future of 46 horses in q...

After crash, future of 46 horses in question

There are 474 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 28, 2007, titled After crash, future of 46 horses in question. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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 ...

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Lake Zurich, IL

#2 Oct 28, 2007
Horses should not be hauled in double decker trailers!

Lockport, IL

#3 Oct 28, 2007
i just hope they dont take those poor horses to a slaughter house. i hope they do the right thing and put them up for adoption.

New York, NY

#4 Oct 28, 2007
God Bless all those rescue workers for helping the horses.

When will this end? Those horses should never have been in a double decker trailer and what was the weight of that trailer, carrying 58 Belgian drafts? That can't be legal.

Mr. Anderson not only endangered the horses, but he endangered people.

If these horses were headed to auction, my guess is that they were headed to slaughter. Please, please, call your reps and senators and ask them to co-sponsor HR 503 and S 311 to stop the export of American horses to slaughter.

This is the nonsense that goes on all the time and we don't hear about it until an accident happens.

You can also sign a petition here, but please call!

Berwyn, IL

#5 Oct 28, 2007
I hope who ever owned these horses will be charged with something in regards to the way these horses were piled into a trailer made for cows and pigs.

Gurnee, IL

#6 Oct 28, 2007
It was stupid for the driver to pass a red light. He really should had stopped like he was suppossed to. He should acutally be in jail because he killed the horses.

Gurnee, IL

#7 Oct 28, 2007
I acutally saw this accidents becausse I was getting back from Fright Fest at 6 Flags.

Westmont, IL

#9 Oct 28, 2007
Has the Hooved Animal Humane Society (in Woodstock, IL) been contacted about this incident? I've read in their newsletter about other instances of horses being transported in double decker trailers. I think in those cases the horses were being transported to the slaughter house in IL, which I believe is currently closed. I wouldn't be surprised if the Belgian horses in this accident were involved in the Premarin (pregnant mare urine) business, which I also read about in the Hooved Animal Humane Society newsletter. I heard that the decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy has resulted in a lot of unwanted horses.
Kathy Kocos

Menomonee Falls, WI

#10 Oct 28, 2007
This is so horrific and the suffering of these poor horses is unspeakable. A special thank you to all of you good people of Illinois who fought to stop the slaughter of horses in your state. Please, please now intercede for these surviving horses so that they have a better fate. Please help them find loving homes, and please don't let them be stuffed back on a double decker trailer. These were young horses, and they deserve a chance! NO horse should go to slaughter = there are so many other choices!! Thank you.

Chicago, IL

#11 Oct 28, 2007
Slaughtering animals shouldn't be against the law until we as a species stop eating them. However, treating them humanely while they are alive should be demanded of all who keep, sell or trade them.

This is a sad, disgusting story of animal abuse.
L Matte

Houston, TX

#12 Oct 28, 2007
To haul 59 DRAFT horses into a double decker trailer where they can not even lift their head is what you call animal cruelty. The state of Illinois has laws against animal cruelty let's hope they enforce them. The sad truth these horses were most likely being hauled to slaughter and this is typical of what horses go through just before they are butchered alive. Please call your legislators and ask them to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act NOW!!! Go to click on horses for more information. Please help!
Kellsboro Jack

Chicago, IL

#13 Oct 28, 2007
This never should be allowed to happen. Horses on a double decker clear indicates the horses are destined for slaughter - these aren't show horses.

It is digusting that anyone involved who can clearly see the plight of these animals responds with an "I dunno" type of denial for responsibility. The hauling company should be run out of business - if they are that dumb then they shouldn't have a permit to travel on Illinois roads.

All the businesses and persons involved from the senders to the end recipients should be penalized to the maximum extent of the law.

Dixon, MO

#14 Oct 28, 2007
Horses should NOT be transported in double decker trucks and in most states it's illegal to do so. What an inhumane way to transport these poor horses!

Warrenton, VA

#15 Oct 28, 2007
From what I've read on several horse forums about this wreck, this rig was only one of FOUR similarly loaded rigs. It was only "caught" because it wrecked.

Sadly, this goes on 24/7 all across our nation. While there are laws in a couple of states that ban horse hauling in double deckers, it's still mostly legal everywhere else. A few other states ban it for horses "going to slaughter", but NOT for horses "intended" for other purposes. What a great loophole for the scum haulers and the owners of the horses who hire them.

This transport issue needs to be addressed NATIONWIDE and made more public. It's amazing how many people have no idea that this is going on or, worse, many who do don't see a thing wrong with it.:-(


#17 Oct 28, 2007
it is funny there are no pics of the trailer, I bet it wasn't as TIGHT as they are making it out to be
Grayhorse Ranch

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Oct 28, 2007
59 horses in a trailer??? I certainly hope that DOT is going over ALL of his paperwork with a fine tooth comb. He was on that road to dodge scales, as he was overweight, and hauling those animals illegally. These are not tiny ponies - they are large draft animals stacked like sardines in a double decker trailer meant for pigs, sheep, and small cattle.

It's evident that animal welfare was NOT of any importance to anyone involved in this transport, nor was the safety of anyone so unfortunate to be traveling that stretch of highway with him.

There are laws in place - they need to be enforced, or new ones enacted that can be.

Lincoln, RI

#19 Oct 28, 2007
This is a disgrace. I am ashamed that a country suppossedly governered by majority rule would continue to turn a blind eye to this abuse. 80% of American voters have shown in poll after poll that they are against the slaughter of horses. Although it has not been stated that these horses were going to slaughter, 59 draft horses crammed into a double decker cattle truck were probably not going to a horse show or out for a joy ride. I hope that everyone involved with this atrocity will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I hope that these surviving victims of abuse will be turned over to the local Humane Soceity to be rehabilitated, healed and given a future as a horse and not a steak on a foreign dinner plate. This is just sickening.
Amy Boeckholt-Wilt

United States

#20 Oct 28, 2007
Belgians are beautiful, intelligent and gentle draft horses. Our grandparents farmed with them in the Midwest and here locally. My grandfather used them well into the 1940's. They paved the way for progress long before the automobile, the steam engine and the modern tractor. The way people treat their domestic animals speaks volumes about their code of ethics. I hope the semi driver and all involved get more than just a simple fine and a slap on the wrist. Maybe all of then would benefit with a few hundred hours of community service at an animal shelter or equine rescue.
L Matte

Houston, TX

#22 Oct 28, 2007
Peggy that is all you can come up with? This truck that was crammed full of horses on both upper and lower decks? A truck made for sheep, pigs and cattle where the ceilings are so low a horse can't lift it's head in an upright position? The truck ran a stop sign and could have killed more than the 13 horses he could have killed people too. All you can come up with is I bet it wasn't crammed as tight as they say it was? It took them 5 hours to remove the horses, 7 fire departments countless police officers and 70 volunteers and that is it for you? Sheeeeesh
Joanne Frank


#23 Oct 28, 2007
It is disgusting to see horses transported this way. Double decker trailers are illegal for horse transport. When will the suffering stop? Horse slaughter and export for slaughter must end. Please urge Congress to end the slaughter of American horses for consumption overseas. To paraphrase the cowboy who rode off into the sunset never once ate his horse! America was built on the back of it's horses.

United States

#25 Oct 28, 2007
Peggy wrote:
it is funny there are no pics of the trailer, I bet it wasn't as TIGHT as they are making it out to be
Peggy, I was there. It WAS that tight. Your ignorance is showing. Do you know how big Belgians are? Have you ever seen these trailers? Can you count to fifty-nine?

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