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After the appellate court lifted the emergency injunction, New Mexico's Attorney General filed a lawsuit to block the planned horse slaughter plant from opening in early 2014, citing Valley Meat's history of violations against safety and environmental laws. US horses are running out of time - sign below to prevent the slaughter!
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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


Jul 22, 2014 D'Arcy Goodrich
Jul 22, 2014 Toni Kellner
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Do NOT reopen horse slaughter plants in the USA!! This is so ridiculous. horses were not put on this planet for eating.
Jul 22, 2014 Sue McCall
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please do not allow this atrocity to continue
Jul 22, 2014 Russell Chiappa
Jul 22, 2014 Milissa Cramer
Jul 22, 2014 geralyn hoffman
Jul 22, 2014 Kristen Jameson
Jul 22, 2014 Sandra Lott There is absolutely no reason for this to take place. Please stop it.
Jul 22, 2014 Brenda Robison Horses don't deserve to be slaughtered.I can't imagine what kind of a person could even think about committing this terrible act.
Jul 22, 2014 Desiree Chambers
Jul 22, 2014 Andrea Coumarian
Jul 22, 2014 jackie methe
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) These animals are our companions, have a heart & save these beautiful creatures & let them lead a productive life!
Jul 22, 2014 Rochelle Anderson Just as we do not eat our cats and dogs in this country, neither do we eat our horses and we should not slaughter any of these animals to support cultures that are counter to our own. Do NOT reopen horse slaughter plants in the USA!!
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 L Barnes
Jul 22, 2014 Roni DeFinis
Jul 22, 2014 Karen Bray
Jul 22, 2014 Dan Neihardt how would the USDA like it if we allowed someone to slaughter them, for the benefit of a foreign country to us their parts for stuff (such as the black organ market, making it legal to use USDA members organs legal.)
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Judi Mead
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) As an owner of 2 horses, I am greatly opposed to horse slaughter of any kind. The inhumane treatment of these intelligent animals should not be allowed. There can be no positive reasons for allowing horse slaughter facilities in the US or anywhere else.
Jul 22, 2014 Elaine Haggerty
Jul 22, 2014 Robyn Bandinel
Jul 22, 2014 Linda Gruber i hope people that make decisions regarding something so horrible as this show compassion when its time to act.
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please, no horse slaughter in any way, at any time.
Jul 22, 2014 R Woodson
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep up the senseless killing of these horses and pretty soon they also will be on the endangered species list. There is plenty of food to go around without adding "horse meat" to the menu!
Jul 22, 2014 Jim Burns
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Kelly Carpenter Why would you slaughter horses?
Jul 22, 2014 susan cohen
Jul 22, 2014 Laurey LaMore
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Anita Smith
Jul 22, 2014 Paula Lingle
Jul 22, 2014 C Zachow Please end this now.
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Tammy Kirschstein Is there no end to the greed of these heartless people. How about a Soylent Green plant instead.
Jul 22, 2014 S Rodriguez
Jul 22, 2014 Diane Holman
Jul 22, 2014 Monica Powers Hard to believe this is even an issue.
Jul 22, 2014 Barbara Taylor
Jul 22, 2014 Nancy Grames
Jul 22, 2014 Marlene Collins

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