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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: 111,915
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 29, 2016 Marcia Tachick It sickens me to see what these poor animals go through.
Apr 28, 2016 Judith Sanders Ignoring the reasons why we should not kill our old pets, we shouldn't eat horse meat because these animals have had NO oversight on what they have been eating their whole lives.
Apr 28, 2016 Márcia Caetano
Apr 28, 2016 Rebecca Andrew
Apr 28, 2016 Victoria Peck
Apr 28, 2016 Joel Penny
Apr 27, 2016 Mary Best
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica Canan
Apr 27, 2016 sandy GONCAROVS
Apr 27, 2016 Marisol Ackerman
Apr 27, 2016 Linda Ehrlich
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica Vanasdlen
Apr 27, 2016 Melvin Michael
Apr 27, 2016 Lynn Kahl
Apr 27, 2016 Lori Zabrodski
Apr 26, 2016 Pamela Didia
Apr 26, 2016 ayako makishita
Apr 25, 2016 Rebecca Lincoln
Apr 25, 2016 Bonnie Deare
Apr 25, 2016 Derek Taylor
Apr 24, 2016 Christine Stever
Apr 24, 2016 Amy Russell
Apr 24, 2016 Kelleen Farrell
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 24, 2016 Isolde Godman
Apr 24, 2016 Christine OBrien
Apr 23, 2016 krystal huynh
Apr 22, 2016 Val Cole
Apr 22, 2016 Kali Quatrine
Apr 22, 2016 constance Jimenez
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Hitchcock
Apr 21, 2016 Ashley Dible
Apr 21, 2016 Jeannette Arocho
Apr 21, 2016 Mildred Allison DVM
Apr 21, 2016 Pamela White
Apr 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2016 Shea Woodbury
Apr 20, 2016 Maria Mikesell
Apr 19, 2016 Judy Johnson
Apr 19, 2016 Jessica Adderley can we please start respecting ALL life and all creatures as creatures who in fact do have feelings and emotions stop this
Apr 19, 2016 Deb Mixon
Apr 19, 2016 Rebecca Meilinger
Apr 19, 2016 Jennifer Hedden
Apr 19, 2016 Erica Taingahue
Apr 19, 2016 Tamara Garcia
Apr 18, 2016 Kendra Black Horses and all livestock deserve better than this!!!!
Apr 18, 2016 Claire mccullagh
Apr 18, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Apr 18, 2016 Gulnara Syulgina

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