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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: 112,078
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


Jun 28, 2016 Ashley Harelson
Jun 25, 2016 Kristy Laino
Jun 24, 2016 Betty Bernard
Jun 23, 2016 Bonnie Claggett
Jun 23, 2016 Suki Knight
Jun 23, 2016 Dianna Buchli
Jun 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Kimberley Leal Carrizo
Jun 20, 2016 Rita Hammond
Jun 19, 2016 Jane Kohan
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 19, 2016 Brook Hall
Jun 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2016 Kenneth Rinard
Jun 18, 2016 Margaret Ellis
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 17, 2016 christina martin
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 16, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 16, 2016 alexa molnar
Jun 16, 2016 Tracy Sherrer
Jun 15, 2016 Vassiliki Dimitroula
Jun 15, 2016 ELAINE MICHAELS
Jun 15, 2016 David Wickizer
Jun 15, 2016 Paula Sorrentino
Jun 15, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 15, 2016 Denise Dynan
Jun 15, 2016 Colette Ryan
Jun 15, 2016 Divya Priyanath
Jun 13, 2016 Helen Ryan
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Trotti Respect all life and be able to see the blessings of the most important part of the reasons why they are here to begin with and without any harm to you. Do they deserve less? I don't know how anyone can tell me that they do.
Jun 12, 2016 Nathalie NOEL
Jun 11, 2016 sharon gooding
Jun 9, 2016 Kari Castillo
Jun 9, 2016 Teresa Pellegrino
Jun 9, 2016 Jack Pellegrino
Jun 9, 2016 Jeff Caldwell
Jun 9, 2016 Tracy Caldwll
Jun 9, 2016 Tiffany Mauritz Horses should be here for us to enjoy their beauty not for food.
Jun 8, 2016 jean john
Jun 8, 2016 Rebecca Jensen
Jun 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2016 Jolanda Klos
Jun 8, 2016 Janine Corday
Jun 8, 2016 Kathryn Osborn
Jun 8, 2016 Debora Gabour

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