In late June, trucks owned by Three Angels Farms, which was operated by Edwin Ayache and Dorian Ayache, were pulled from the roads after inspectors found multiple federal violations including drivers without commercial driver’s licenses and a lack of drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance. Three Angels Farms had two accidents over an eight month period which involved poorly maintained vehicles and fatigued drivers, which resulted in the deaths of four horses.
“Today’s action is another step toward raising the bar for commercial vehicle and roadway safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “It sends a strong and important message that companies who attempt to evade safety regulations by reincarnating will be found and removed from the road.”
Terri’s Farm operates the same commercial motor vehicles and performs the same business as Three Angels Farms – transporting horses bound for a slaughter yard in Mexico from Lebanon, Tennessee to Presidio, Texas. According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 120,000 horses are transported across the United States every year to be slaughtered in Canada or Mexico. These horses include show horses, former race horses, companion animals, carriage horses, and wild horses.
If the operators fail to comply with the provisions of the Imminent Hazard Order they could face civil penalties up to $16,000 a day, fines, and criminal penalties including prison time of up to a year.