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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: 105,616
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


Mar 26, 2015 Tiffny Saylor
Mar 26, 2015 Karla rosa
Mar 26, 2015 Malgorzata Dragowska
Mar 26, 2015 Liberty Sweeney
Mar 26, 2015 Lauren Hernandez
Mar 26, 2015 Lisa torsiello no horse slaughter in the United States
Mar 26, 2015 Rebecca Lewis
Mar 25, 2015 michaela crowe
Mar 25, 2015 Pia Ulrike Lödige
Mar 25, 2015 Nenad Ptic
Mar 25, 2015 Jim Faulks
Mar 25, 2015 kim edwards
Mar 25, 2015 l f
Mar 25, 2015 Dena Weirich
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Julia Rigler
Mar 25, 2015 Renee Bechtold
Mar 25, 2015 Lara Danis
Mar 25, 2015 kathy button
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Glenda Gentine
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 cj jordan stop!
Mar 25, 2015 Cerfontaine Jas
Mar 24, 2015 michele amendola
Mar 24, 2015 denice hough
Mar 24, 2015 lisa siroky
Mar 24, 2015 bev warren
Mar 24, 2015 tara hatch I want all animal slaughter places to closed down. Animals at slaughter place get abused and not treated right. There is a lot of cold hearted people in this world. I would love to see it stop. Horses are a part of Americas history.
Mar 24, 2015 Rebecca Myers
Mar 24, 2015 Laurie Mavor
Mar 24, 2015 Ina Gebert
Mar 24, 2015 Maxine Lucas
Mar 24, 2015 Pierre Manavella
Mar 24, 2015 Els Bol
Mar 24, 2015 Hélène Manavella
Mar 24, 2015 Ellie Georgieva
Mar 24, 2015 Sára Nowaková
Mar 24, 2015 kimberly doens Stop horse slaughter!
Mar 24, 2015 FABIANO Sébastien
Mar 24, 2015 judith dam
Mar 24, 2015 kimberly Fujita please don't kill our beautiful horses .
Mar 24, 2015 Catherine Critz
Mar 24, 2015 kate stala
Mar 24, 2015 julie martenson
Mar 24, 2015 Naomi Oste
Mar 24, 2015 Federica Pozza
Mar 24, 2015 Deborah Van Bever
Mar 24, 2015 KAREN COHN
Mar 24, 2015 marina brdaric

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