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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: 110,112
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


Jul 4, 2015 Loreto Elena Fillat de Acosta
Jul 4, 2015 Daphne Braga
Jul 4, 2015 joe h.
Jul 4, 2015 Susan Kurcz-Easom
Jul 4, 2015 PRINCESS PARCHUKE
Jul 4, 2015 A.M.M. Becker
Jul 4, 2015 Carmen Stigen
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2015 June Larson
Jul 3, 2015 Monique Buys
Jul 3, 2015 Suzie Ford
Jul 3, 2015 June Sefscik
Jul 3, 2015 Marie Claude GODARD
Jul 3, 2015 Pola Alemao
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Horses are prey animals. They are a part of history and have helped our world. They should not be deprived, frightened, tortured, killed, eaten.
Jul 3, 2015 Johnna Serydynski
Jul 3, 2015 Malin Lunde
Jul 3, 2015 marian selim
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2015 Cynthia Keith
Jul 3, 2015 mary jackson
Jul 2, 2015 Janice Sampo
Jul 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2015 Gabriella Riba
Jul 1, 2015 kenneth bryan
Jul 1, 2015 jerry hardcastle
Jun 30, 2015 Nicolette Starr
Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 30, 2015 Stella Stephens
Jun 30, 2015 katie pilkington
Jun 29, 2015 Pedro Pons Use birth control instead
Jun 29, 2015 Karen Cox
Jun 29, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 27, 2015 Tedd m
Jun 27, 2015 Lola Janes
Jun 27, 2015 Jan Ingle
Jun 27, 2015 Jeri stokes
Jun 27, 2015 Cathy Sikes
Jun 26, 2015 JENEPHER VANG
Jun 26, 2015 Sarah Nelson
Jun 25, 2015 Karen Hilliard
Jun 25, 2015 Stelios Armenis
Jun 25, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 25, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 25, 2015 L.A. Peace
Jun 24, 2015 Cristina Barbieri
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2015 Trina Snow
Jun 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2015 Christie Rawls

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