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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: 104,323
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 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)
Nov 22, 2014 Barbara Dunham QUIT KILLING THE HORSES!!
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 Olivia Petty
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 21, 2014 sandy thacker
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 Kimberly Guysick
Nov 21, 2014 Lola Rodriguez
Nov 21, 2014 maggie salem
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 joanne lockhart
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 Diane Williford We need our horses!
Nov 20, 2014 Lori Allen
Nov 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 Denise Mineart
Nov 20, 2014 kristen kishpaugh Can people just stop......stop.We are out of control and out of compassion. Make this illegal!
Nov 20, 2014 Amber berscht
Nov 20, 2014 Lydia Mendez
Nov 20, 2014 Margaret Argyle These are not old, decrepit creatures with one already in the grave. A large percentage of these horses are healthy horses
Nov 20, 2014 Piero Masarati
Nov 19, 2014 Katherine Myskowski
Nov 19, 2014 Michelle Blank
Nov 19, 2014 Vicky Simpson
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2014 Cynthia Feezell
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2014 melissa kelley
Nov 19, 2014 Anna Tolmacheva
Nov 19, 2014 Laura Revera
Nov 19, 2014 Jax Doling
Nov 19, 2014 luba beganovic
Nov 19, 2014 Iris Mueller
Nov 19, 2014 Lynn Fricke
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2014 Viviana Carcache
Nov 17, 2014 Lisa Brown
Nov 17, 2014 larissa mcmanus If you wont send your dogs and cats to slaughter the why would you send your horses to be abused and killed for people that are even in this country to eat. Its not the horses fault they are where they are, it is the owners fault along with the breeders.
Nov 17, 2014 Helga Lobinger
Nov 17, 2014 Jon Goordman
Nov 17, 2014 Missy Kendrick
Nov 17, 2014 Darlene Wood
Nov 17, 2014 Catherine Bodnar
Nov 17, 2014 Pauline Köhler

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