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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: 106,203
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


May 6, 2015 Selma Herbst stop horse slaughter.
May 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2015 Mariana Bugna
May 6, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
May 6, 2015 Kat Harrison
May 6, 2015 D Childress This is wrong in so many ways. Horses should not be slaughtered for people or pets. What is going on !!!!!!
May 6, 2015 Heather Phillips
May 6, 2015 Robin Parkes
May 6, 2015 claudia baptista
May 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2015 Suzanne Young
May 6, 2015 Eveline Comte
May 6, 2015 brandi bevitt
May 6, 2015 doug kohl
May 6, 2015 Carolann Fletcher
May 6, 2015 Robin Soldano
May 6, 2015 pat blanchard
May 6, 2015 P T
May 6, 2015 Michelle Brikker
May 5, 2015 Joyce Nickels Please stop killing these beautiful animals for their meat. Let horses live their lives to the end somewhere that takes in old or miss treated horses. Let me ask you, "Would you want to be slaughtered for your meat". I know I wouldn't.
May 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 lindsey doherty
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 Amanda Reile
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) We have a duty to respect all living souls, too many of us gain from the suffering of others. Time to stand up to these cowards in order they learn
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is traumatic stress and it is horrific for the horses and for those of us who are trying to find a way to stop it. Why is this allowed? In Canada, Calgary is sending live horses to Japan and it's got to stop. These horses are suffering to death.
May 4, 2015 Gladys Hutcheson
May 3, 2015 Maria Sharp
May 3, 2015 christine mamula
May 3, 2015 Anne Élise Grégoire
May 2, 2015 Sandra Cohen
May 2, 2015 Bailey Koski
May 2, 2015 Teah Batdorf
May 2, 2015 Carol Cure
May 2, 2015 Teresa Prentice
May 2, 2015 ROSARIO CASTILLO
May 2, 2015 Joyce Shulman
May 2, 2015 marie retane
May 1, 2015 Lisa leonards
May 1, 2015 Laura Ravert
May 1, 2015 M Leisz
May 1, 2015 Laura Russo It need to stop ,no horse should ever be slaughtered
May 1, 2015 Cheri Real-Hurt
May 1, 2015 silke kraus
May 1, 2015 Alisa Daniels
May 1, 2015 arlene orlando
May 1, 2015 Karen Fusilier
May 1, 2015 Darla Daniels horses are living, breathing, intelligent, feeling animals! Please ban horse slaughter!
May 1, 2015 Christie Mills Unsavory characters tend to be attracted by the exploitation of animals. If horse slaughter is approved there will surely be more crimes against horses committed.

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