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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: 112,709
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


Jan 20, 2017 Vicki Burger
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 18, 2017 Sheri Box
Jan 18, 2017 Mandy Alden
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 17, 2017 April Brown
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 Barbara Reeves
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2017 anna gennari
Jan 15, 2017 Mindi Lembcke
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Margaret Vernon
Jan 12, 2017 Debbie Penders
Jan 12, 2017 Deborah Maxson
Jan 11, 2017 Debra Beck
Jan 11, 2017 Kristen Boyd
Jan 11, 2017 Karen Woods
Jan 10, 2017 Yvonne Santiago
Jan 9, 2017 Diana Yoder
Jan 6, 2017 Jenice Minamide
Jan 6, 2017 Siouxzi Foxxen
Jan 6, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Jan 6, 2017 Carol Polak
Jan 6, 2017 Christine HENRI
Jan 5, 2017 myra berario
Jan 5, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Jan 5, 2017 Kathryn Irby
Jan 5, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Jan 5, 2017 Jane Chiavelli
Jan 4, 2017 Ashley Thomas
Jan 4, 2017 Jack Martin
Jan 4, 2017 Rita Schwarz
Jan 4, 2017 Wendye Kolles
Jan 3, 2017 Venesa Schutta
Jan 3, 2017 Rose Minasian
Jan 3, 2017 Jennifer Willis
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Kristin Beauchamp
Jan 3, 2017 Mar Do
Jan 3, 2017 R Tragni
Jan 3, 2017 Cindy Martin
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Julia Milliman Horses helped us build our country, they deserve better from us.
Jan 3, 2017 Holly Putman

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