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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: 111,581
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


Feb 12, 2016 Claudia Mackey
Feb 12, 2016 Jean Berryman PLEASE DON'T KILL THE HORSES!!!
Feb 12, 2016 Lynnann Shaffer
Feb 12, 2016 Brandon Danaher
Feb 12, 2016 Robin Nelson
Feb 11, 2016 Maxine Hillary
Feb 10, 2016 Destiny Lange
Feb 10, 2016 Carolina Cox
Feb 10, 2016 S Keller
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Theresa Ugenti
Feb 9, 2016 gwenaelle thillois
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Basil Hess
Feb 8, 2016 Erin Johnson
Feb 8, 2016 Jo Anna Williamson
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 6, 2016 Meray Dedeci
Feb 5, 2016 Sofi Nordstrom
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) There has to be a better way than this torture.
Feb 5, 2016 Mary Burns
Feb 5, 2016 Theresa Duffy
Feb 5, 2016 Dagmar Meyer Steiger
Feb 5, 2016 Teri Wikowsky
Feb 5, 2016 Karen Ven Roy
Feb 4, 2016 Valeria Molina
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Sylvia Casillas Why are we sending horses to slaughter? This seems cruel to me. There are many who would appreciate these horses and the joy that they bring.
Feb 4, 2016 Sandra Whitener
Feb 4, 2016 Devon Crane
Feb 4, 2016 Janice McDonald
Feb 4, 2016 Cindy Lynch
Feb 4, 2016 Ginette Collerette
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2016 Charles Pan
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Sharon Weiss
Feb 3, 2016 Rebecca Dunne
Feb 3, 2016 Anna Fellice
Feb 3, 2016 Claudia Evens
Feb 3, 2016 Beverley Errington Totally unacceptable - what is wrong with you people?
Feb 3, 2016 Candy Monaghan
Feb 3, 2016 Annie Kluge
Feb 3, 2016 Shirley Le Garde Slaughter of horses is not needed. All people in this business can think of is money not the horse in any way. People are not to eat horse meat.
Feb 3, 2016 Anne Fahmy
Feb 3, 2016 Patricia Rasbury In the 1960s the USA was horrified to learn about horse slaughter and they will be outraged again to learn the full magnitude of today.
Feb 3, 2016 Jennifer Chambers
Feb 3, 2016 Robert Parker

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