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On 10/17/2014 The Animal Rescue Site mailed 103,663 signatures to Secretary Vilsack asking him to end the cruel horse slaughter industry in the United States. While we wait for a response, please continue to sign this important petition and share it with your friends to help horses all across America!
Goal: 150,000 Progress: 105,402
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

In 2005 the United States closed the doors of the last remaining horse slaughter plants, establishing the nation as a model for parts of the world that still value horse meat as a delicacy. Now the USDA would take the nation backwards by processing applications for inspections that would reopen horse slaughter facilities.

Opinion polls reveal that 80 percent of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter of any kind. The practice is inhumane for the horses involved, produces meat unfit for human consumption, and wastes millions of taxpayers’ dollars — all so private companies can cash in on a lucrative foreign market.

And because younger, fitter horses fetch much higher prices at the market, approximately 92 percent of horses going to slaughter are healthy and capably of leading productive lives.

Horses are our companions and deserve better. Sign the petition and demand the USDA reject all applications for inspections of horse slaughter facilities.

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Dear Secretary Vilsack:

I am one of the vast majority opposed to horse slaughter.

As such, I am dismayed to learn that the USDA is processing applications for inspections of horse slaughter plants.

First and foremost, horse slaughter is inhumane for the horses involved. Younger, fitter horses fetch much higher prices at the market. Consequently, the USDA’s own reports reveal that approximately 92 percent of American horses going to slaughter are healthy and capable of leading productive lives.

Further, horses are our companions and deserve better. They have served beside us on battlefields and to this day help keep our streets safe as members of mounted police units. And public opinion polls reflect this reality: 80% of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter of any kind.

In addition to being inhumane, horse meat is unfit for human consumption. Because horses are not bred for consumption, horse tissue may contain substances dangerous for human health. And the byproducts of the slaughter process contaminate the surrounding environment.

Finally, the USDA would squander taxpayer money during a time of fiscal recovery. Federal inspections require federal funding, all so private entrepreneurs can cash in on a lucrative foreign market.

As the head of the USDA, I ask that your organization reject all applications for inspections of horse slaughter facilities.

Petition Signatures

Mar 4, 2015 Jane Olson
Mar 4, 2015 Mary Hatzigiannis
Mar 4, 2015 marianna molnar woods
Mar 4, 2015 Marcia Ayala
Mar 4, 2015 Christopher St. John
Mar 3, 2015 Ea Eilimo
Mar 3, 2015 Victoria Peyser
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Andrea Turner
Mar 3, 2015 Melissa Harper
Mar 3, 2015 Ann Singer
Mar 3, 2015 Rene Croteau
Mar 3, 2015 Angela Joyner
Mar 3, 2015 abby pierce horses shouldn't be slaughtered anywhere at all. no horse should be treated so harshly, so cruely.
Mar 3, 2015 nina palmieri
Mar 2, 2015 betty medlin
Mar 2, 2015 Anne Hall
Mar 2, 2015 M Mack
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) Horses are not food. We have plenty of other food options in the United States.
Mar 2, 2015 Novelle Weafer
Mar 2, 2015 Jill Tarleton
Mar 2, 2015 Sarah Friedman
Mar 2, 2015 Robert Herrick This must stop! Horses are man's companion animals. They're beautiful, magnificent animals.
Mar 2, 2015 Kate Foley Horses do so much for us, we must not be so vile in return.
Mar 2, 2015 Alexandra Liebster
Mar 2, 2015 dalila orellana
Mar 2, 2015 Carol Bowen Cruel and barbaric
Mar 2, 2015 Margaret Miller
Mar 2, 2015 Kristen Balinrude
Mar 2, 2015 Angela Hayes
Mar 2, 2015 Deborah Palacios
Mar 2, 2015 Rosemarie Signer
Mar 2, 2015 Chloe Pride
Mar 2, 2015 Patricia Germain
Mar 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2015 paris dodd
Mar 1, 2015 Hans van der Zwan
Mar 1, 2015 Vivian Bartlett
Mar 1, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Mar 1, 2015 Angela Scott
Feb 28, 2015 brenda loknath
Feb 28, 2015 Elaine Heathcoat
Feb 28, 2015 Oksana Rudenok
Feb 28, 2015 Elizabeth D"Onofrio
Feb 28, 2015 Michael Ramirez
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Rhiannon Baca Save the horses!
Feb 27, 2015 johnnie thompson
Feb 27, 2015 Lupe Montemayor

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