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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: 104,367
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


Nov 28, 2014 Cynthia Rosmus
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 Karen Johnson
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 Norm Seavey
Nov 27, 2014 Melissa Gibbs
Nov 27, 2014 ulla pade
Nov 27, 2014 Nan Warner
Nov 27, 2014 Janet Maldonado I am a horse lover as I am all animals. Horses are majestic animals, it's sickening this is done here or anywhere.
Nov 27, 2014 sylvie Robin
Nov 27, 2014 Isabella Ondei
Nov 26, 2014 Andrea Lopez
Nov 26, 2014 June Jefferson
Nov 26, 2014 Kristy Russell
Nov 26, 2014 Michelle Lightle
Nov 26, 2014 Ashley Wentzel
Nov 26, 2014 Meg Phelps Shame on these people. We have perfectly good HUMAN specimens (and plenty of them) sitting in prisons, test on them NOT innocent animals.
Nov 26, 2014 Stephanie Rapacchia
Nov 26, 2014 Marilyn Bartnicki
Nov 26, 2014 Jane Kelly Don't you kiil enough animals
Nov 26, 2014 K Holzinger
Nov 26, 2014 Mike Peters
Nov 26, 2014 Sunni Faulkner
Nov 26, 2014 di joyce
Nov 26, 2014 lynn ross
Nov 26, 2014 dot Meyr
Nov 26, 2014 anna sch
Nov 26, 2014 Sonia Casey
Nov 25, 2014 andrea henry
Nov 25, 2014 Carolyn Campbell
Nov 25, 2014 Louann Carlson
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2014 Sheena Jack
Nov 25, 2014 JOAN INKPIN
Nov 25, 2014 Patricia Morres
Nov 25, 2014 Amanisha Mead
Nov 25, 2014 Lisa N Woodside Horses are definitely not a meat animal for humans or pets.
Nov 24, 2014 Dee borseti
Nov 24, 2014 Adriana Flores
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 Sevda Karagedik
Nov 24, 2014 sandra reguera
Nov 24, 2014 Pat Hardin
Nov 23, 2014 Cécile hemery
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 Rachelle Weisel Horses r beautiful intelligent animals..w/o them...we would never b here! and we are torturing them before we even slaughter them !?why are we doing either..or eating dogs or...are we living in a Mad Max society is this civilized! Animals have Souls 2!
Nov 23, 2014 Toni Holbrook
Nov 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2014 Jennifer King
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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