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Harris seeks to ban low-ceiling horse trailers

Harris seeks to ban low-ceiling horse trailers

— Rep. Andy Harris, whose district is home to last year's Kentucky Derby winner, has tucked a ban on cramped horse trailers into a massive transportation bill pending in Congress, pitting him against lawmakers in his own party, farming interests and Western rodeo cowboys.

The Baltimore County Republican put aside a well-established disdain for new government regulations to support a ban on double-deck trailers, which animal-rights groups say are inhumane. He said that, in this case, the prohibition is acceptable because the government already regulates vehicles.

Maryland is home to 79,100 horses, ponies and donkeys, and the industry supports some 6,300 jobs statewide,...