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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: 108,666
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


May 24, 2015 Leslie Ann Rodarte
May 24, 2015 Mary Prelovsky
May 24, 2015 Christina Marcus
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 Jessica Mayes STOP THIS!!!!
May 24, 2015 Lygea San Pedro
May 24, 2015 beatrice lelievre
May 24, 2015 Miki Wu
May 23, 2015 Patricia Doherty
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 Amber Simpson
May 23, 2015 Melani McGinnis
May 23, 2015 Jane Armstrong
May 23, 2015 Mi Ok Bruining
May 23, 2015 Susan Vaatveit-Afan This is cruel and barbaric. Horses should be a National Treasure.
May 23, 2015 paula ott
May 23, 2015 Carol Gonzales
May 23, 2015 Cheryl Roth
May 23, 2015 Consuelo Arnaldi di Balme
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 steve mascho sr
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) The measure of humanity is how you treat animals
May 23, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 Jody Kinney
May 22, 2015 Donna Marie Tromans
May 22, 2015 N Newton
May 22, 2015 MaryRose Roman Don't know why you are slaughtering these beautiful animals, but it needs TOO STOP!!!
May 22, 2015 christine Peterson I can't even put words to how much this saddens and sickens me. So senseless... Just plain cruel and inhumane!
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Molly Bland
May 22, 2015 Terri Barker
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Helga Baez
May 22, 2015 Vanessa Mastrocinque
May 22, 2015 tracy simmons
May 22, 2015 Barbara Schumacher No more slaughter!
May 22, 2015 cheryl sinks These beautiful creatures should be protected. Shame on the people promoting the slaughter of horses.
May 22, 2015 HOPE Dwyer This is beyond cruel!!!
May 22, 2015 Bonnie Sadler It needs to stop.
May 22, 2015 Peggy Irvin
May 22, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Penny Karn
May 22, 2015 carla zsigray Why do people want to kill everything..that is what is wrong with this world now..control and murder...Stop...!
May 22, 2015 Jami Todd I've been to a slaughter house and it is grotesque, evil and the cruelist way to repay theses majestic creatures for their life of service to us!
May 22, 2015 Michaela France
May 22, 2015 Ashleigh Rose

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