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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: 110,234
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 31, 2015 Shawna Campbell
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Kathleen Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 Elise Durand
Jul 31, 2015 Kacee Pals
Jul 31, 2015 Sabine G.
Jul 31, 2015 Pat Ruotolo
Jul 31, 2015 patrizia gandolfi
Jul 31, 2015 Susan Finlon
Jul 31, 2015 Anitra Hampton
Jul 31, 2015 Ekta Lal
Jul 29, 2015 Stark Debra
Jul 29, 2015 liz breeding
Jul 29, 2015 Jackie Drew Please Stop this Senseless killing!!!
Jul 29, 2015 Nanci A Prado
Jul 29, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina Durjak
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 William Reamy
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Svetlana Lukianenko
Jul 27, 2015 Géraldine Strauss
Jul 25, 2015 Cathy Reynders
Jul 25, 2015 Miryanna van Reeden
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 Arleen Jennings
Jul 24, 2015 Matt Booher
Jul 24, 2015 Elizabeth McCambridge
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Courtney Bean
Jul 23, 2015 Mirosław Sulima
Jul 23, 2015 Ena Roy
Jul 23, 2015 Arly Kovelesky Killing horses and using them as meat for humans and animals makes the United States even more barbaric than third world countries. Lets not let us become a third world country. It is disgusting to kill these horses. Stop stop stop
Jul 23, 2015 claudette blais
Jul 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) Horses should not be slaughtered. They are beautiful, amazing animals that deserve nothing but love!
Jul 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2015 Michelle Thomson
Jul 23, 2015 pat butterfield
Jul 23, 2015 Gerry Ahrens horses are pet not food
Jul 23, 2015 Marlene Sauer
Jul 22, 2015 Connor Smith
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 22, 2015 Marla Rivas
Jul 20, 2015 ann-louise andersson
Jul 20, 2015 Elaine NT
Jul 19, 2015 Cheryl Gibson
Jul 19, 2015 Corinne Gaulon
Jul 18, 2015 Beau Witcher
Jul 18, 2015 Christine Witcher

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