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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: 105,655
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


Apr 1, 2015 Dawn Franklin
Apr 1, 2015 Bernard Cizelj
Apr 1, 2015 Ann Vertrees "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Gandhi
Apr 1, 2015 Allan Kaopua
Apr 1, 2015 Amy Fine
Apr 1, 2015 Rebecca Doyle Please stop this is horrible!!!!
Apr 1, 2015 Alice Schewene
Mar 31, 2015 Ingrid Lambert
Mar 31, 2015 GLORIA ARSENE
Mar 30, 2015 Suzanne Harris
Mar 30, 2015 Amanda miller
Mar 30, 2015 Margaret Melnick
Mar 30, 2015 Bambi Magie
Mar 30, 2015 Brittney Walters
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 anne picke'
Mar 30, 2015 Laura Healy Slaughtering horses for their meat has no place in the U. S.
Mar 30, 2015 Lorraine Dumas
Mar 30, 2015 Gill Dunlop
Mar 30, 2015 Kim Stefanac Divine intervention & protection
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is just unacceptable for our country to stoop to this!
Mar 30, 2015 Cynthia Drake
Mar 30, 2015 Jala Farquhar
Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2015 kim haling
Mar 29, 2015 Alexandrescu Ionelia
Mar 29, 2015 Charlene McMahon Shame on you for even considering reopening slaughter facilities!
Mar 29, 2015 Rosa Corgatelli
Mar 29, 2015 ANNE_CHRISTINE FLEURY
Mar 29, 2015 Patricia Dixon
Mar 28, 2015 Kim Walsh Please No More Horse Slaughter In The United States
Mar 28, 2015 Stephanie Hacker
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 27, 2015 India Pugel
Mar 27, 2015 Georgie Jensen Stop this practice now! The USDA should have better things to do than approve slaughterhouses for these beautiful animals. I would not eat horse meat and I think it should be banned in pet food as well.
Mar 27, 2015 Michelle Perrot
Mar 26, 2015 Angela southall
Mar 26, 2015 Melinda Funk
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

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