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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: 105,353
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


Feb 27, 2015 Lupe Montemayor
Feb 27, 2015 Shawna Szantor
Feb 27, 2015 mariclela hewtty
Feb 27, 2015 pamela guyon
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2015 Chris Pope
Feb 26, 2015 Karen Arceneaux
Feb 26, 2015 catt minica
Feb 26, 2015 delwyn gibbs
Feb 26, 2015 Kathryn McDowell
Feb 26, 2015 c c
Feb 26, 2015 Marina Gerold
Feb 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2015 Maureen Janis Bunn Coelho
Feb 26, 2015 carla fuduli
Feb 26, 2015 Sandra Trollope
Feb 26, 2015 Ronald Bach
Feb 26, 2015 Janet Ranville
Feb 26, 2015 Denise Pesulima
Feb 25, 2015 Anne Garcia Yes, it is I again. Stop the horse slaughter here and stop selling and shipping our horses to be slaughtered in other Countries. I'm telling everyone I know that the USDA doesn't do their job regarding any animal. Worthless
Feb 25, 2015 Zina Attar
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Christy Giesick
Feb 25, 2015 Kelly Lane Horses deserve so much better.
Feb 25, 2015 C Chassard
Feb 25, 2015 Teri Duchac
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) THIS PRACTICE NEEDS TO STOP ABUSE AND SLAUGHTER. SICK WRONG. LEAVE THEM TO BE FREE. ONE DAY HORSES WILL BE GONE OFF THIS EARTH ALONG SIDE OTHER WILD ANIMALS
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Animal abuse and killing needs to stop.
Feb 25, 2015 Anna Hodor
Feb 25, 2015 Fay Beazer Americans owe a lot to these wonderful creatures. Why do you want to destroy them. Let them run free as they deserve. You are their guardians, not their executioners!!
Feb 25, 2015 Tamilyn Simard
Feb 25, 2015 patricia carter
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Laura Fritz
Feb 25, 2015 Patrice Stitt
Feb 25, 2015 Susan Casad
Feb 25, 2015 Lisa Meyer
Feb 25, 2015 Terri Kerns
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 RITA CRISTINA FRANCISCO
Feb 25, 2015 Shirley Callaghan
Feb 25, 2015 Marie Engel
Feb 25, 2015 valerya gomez
Feb 24, 2015 Catherine Moses
Feb 24, 2015 Paige Lister
Feb 23, 2015 Whitney Star
Feb 23, 2015 barbara marianna molnar woods
Feb 23, 2015 Leticia Acevedo
Feb 23, 2015 Ren Ashbell

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