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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: 112,010
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 30, 2016 Cathy Marshall
May 30, 2016 Gaby Binette
May 28, 2016 Phyllis Plotkin Please use your minds and hearts to re-think this very bad idea to reopen horse slaughter facilities.
May 27, 2016 Susan Lindsey
May 27, 2016 Sara Rathfon
May 27, 2016 Aggie Parish
May 27, 2016 Shelley Rollins
May 27, 2016 Mila Counihan
May 27, 2016 Junko Card
May 27, 2016 Suzie Awad
May 27, 2016 Annette Benton
May 27, 2016 Steffi Franke
May 26, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 26, 2016 Juanita Fernandez
May 23, 2016 Rumen Aleksandrov
May 22, 2016 Kat Courtney, MA
May 22, 2016 Jackylyn Mamador
May 22, 2016 Jill Braun
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) No! I am against killing these animals. They are our companions & deserve better from us. They are not food for people anywhere.
May 21, 2016 Carla Presnell
May 21, 2016 Kitty Lucia
May 21, 2016 Isabel Hepburn
May 21, 2016 Malgorzata Holownia
May 20, 2016 Michelle and Tom DeGarmo
May 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2016 Sheridan Battle
May 19, 2016 Deborah Rollins
May 19, 2016 casey muhs
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith
May 19, 2016 A. Trock
May 19, 2016 Peggy Crowl
May 19, 2016 Debra Yanko
May 19, 2016 Birgith Persson
May 19, 2016 Carol Dibb-
May 19, 2016 Sujata Agarwal
May 19, 2016 Jill Lefave
May 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 Yolanda Bernhard
May 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 Kimberly Gibson
May 18, 2016 Janet McLain
May 17, 2016 Jane Lane
May 17, 2016 Charlene Beck
May 16, 2016 Ern Parrott
May 16, 2016 Nina Carey
May 16, 2016 wanda-kuky keller
May 16, 2016 Karen Fobert
May 15, 2016 monica russo
May 15, 2016 simone fiocchetta
May 15, 2016 jane wilson

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