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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: 103,808
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


Oct 21, 2014 Wayne Langley
Oct 21, 2014 Tabitha Lizana
Oct 21, 2014 Andrea Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Roni Friedman This is the United States. We should be setting an example for other countries. Who thinks this is okay ?
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Dawn Sisti
Oct 20, 2014 Bridget Le
Oct 20, 2014 Diana Cunningham Over 80% of Americans are opposed to your policies. We do live in a democracy, right?
Oct 20, 2014 cindy loty Don't slaughter the horses
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 20, 2014 Maggie Gaines
Oct 20, 2014 Suzanne Kruger
Oct 20, 2014 Lisa King
Oct 20, 2014 Thomas Prince
Oct 20, 2014 Rebecca Mills
Oct 20, 2014 Lisa Reyes
Oct 20, 2014 Debra Zamudio
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Amy Pierfederici
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 20, 2014 Ivana Paleckova
Oct 19, 2014 frances brittin do not want horses slaughtered
Oct 19, 2014 Lynda Arnold
Oct 19, 2014 Adriana Aquino
Oct 19, 2014 Denise Rice
Oct 19, 2014 Sandra McElhaney
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop the senseless horse slaughter in this country. They are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated as such. We are judged by how we treat others who have no voice.
Oct 19, 2014 Jane Rafferty Why is profit always more important than doing what is right?
Oct 19, 2014 Monica R. Peterson
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 Becky Isaac
Oct 19, 2014 Stevie Jean Flowers
Oct 19, 2014 Melody Baughman
Oct 19, 2014 Rae Finan Schumacher
Oct 19, 2014 Collette Carpenter
Oct 19, 2014 Laura Donaldson
Oct 19, 2014 Renee Sienkowski
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) Can we not match up a horse who needs a life to a child who needs a friend
Oct 18, 2014 Nancy Bixler
Oct 18, 2014 shannon claxton This is cruel and inhumane. Please stop any more killings of these beautiful animals for meat.
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 SCARLETT Mcgowan
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) As a horse owner, I see no need to so such a horrific act. They are gods creature for sure. They were meant to be here!
Oct 18, 2014 Barb Alterman Horses, as all animals and people - should be free from suffering at the hands of cruel humans!

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