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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: 106,087
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


Apr 27, 2015 jennifer Tavernier
Apr 27, 2015 cigdem erbil
Apr 27, 2015 Karen Meixner
Apr 27, 2015 Caroline Hoey
Apr 27, 2015 franca fusari
Apr 27, 2015 patty willis
Apr 27, 2015 Miranda Riegman
Apr 27, 2015 Jenny Bragg
Apr 27, 2015 marie laure vignaud
Apr 27, 2015 Dhyta Ang
Apr 26, 2015 Detelina Guecheva
Apr 26, 2015 doreen Besso we complain about other countries barbaric practices but we allow this to happen in our own country. We need change NOW! Save the horses
Apr 26, 2015 Dharma Best
Apr 26, 2015 Mary Beth Weber
Apr 26, 2015 Annette Re What is this world coming to? ?
Apr 26, 2015 robin mahoney this is unreal, what are humans thinking are we next, we have so many fish, cows, turkeys, chickens really horses unreal people
Apr 26, 2015 tracey chapman
Apr 26, 2015 Francisco Silva
Apr 26, 2015 maria amparo fornali No one wants horse slaughter plants in America. Tell the USDA not to allow horses to be slaughtered for their meat in the US.
Apr 26, 2015 Agata Orłowska
Apr 26, 2015 Brenda Lai SECRETARY VILSACK DO NOT ALLOW HORESES TO BE SLAUGHTERED FOR THEIR MEAT IN THE US!!! THIS IS DISPICABLE!!!
Apr 26, 2015 Tea Markic
Apr 26, 2015 kasey zamarron
Apr 26, 2015 Madeleine Gläser
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2015 sheryl scott Horses are not food! Horses played big part in our early country they deserve protection. They should be symbol like the eagle
Apr 26, 2015 Zendjirdjian Hanna
Apr 26, 2015 Johanne Fortin
Apr 26, 2015 Samir Kraus
Apr 26, 2015 Barb Thompson
Apr 26, 2015 sonja dimovska
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 Donna Hay
Apr 25, 2015 Inge Stadler
Apr 25, 2015 francoise galloux
Apr 25, 2015 Wilmayra Gonzalez Respect animals
Apr 25, 2015 Sue Brown Horses are slaughtered outside the USA
Apr 25, 2015 Michelle Quenneville
Apr 25, 2015 Mackenzie Clutter Of course I oppose! As a horse owner/competer, horses hold a special place in my heart.
Apr 25, 2015 Katherine Ceyhan
Apr 25, 2015 brenda taylor horrified
Apr 25, 2015 Angela Uher
Apr 25, 2015 sylvia does
Apr 25, 2015 Cecelia Mondoc This is so barbaric! It disgusts me to know that this is happening anywhere, but especially the US! This is a useless horrid practice that will kill innocent beautiful creatures and waste the taxpayers dollars. It is a disgrace to my country.
Apr 25, 2015 Tracy Lambert
Apr 25, 2015 caroline struck
Apr 25, 2015 Gabi Maschkötter
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Kathie Boley
Apr 24, 2015 Sarah Rose

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