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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: 112,307
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


Aug 31, 2016 Denise Lloyd
Aug 31, 2016 Nina Domergue
Aug 29, 2016 Morgan Mazzoni
Aug 29, 2016 Faith O'Neil
Aug 29, 2016 kathy lahmeyer
Aug 29, 2016 Kelly Nestelroad
Aug 29, 2016 Michael Friedman
Aug 29, 2016 Gail Ormsbee OMG!!!
Aug 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2016 Emily Willis
Aug 27, 2016 Catherine Ipsarides
Aug 27, 2016 Pat Roberts
Aug 26, 2016 Elaine Markman This is horrible and barbaric. Bad enough they are doing it in canada
Aug 26, 2016 tami adolphe
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) STOP SLAUGHTERING HORSES IN THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA!!!
Aug 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Laura Gustoson
Aug 24, 2016 Irene Roos
Aug 24, 2016 Linda Treuhaft
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2016 sanya gnc
Aug 23, 2016 Debbie Sansone
Aug 23, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Marilyn Yeutsy
Aug 20, 2016 marie Dupouy
Aug 20, 2016 Pietra McNamara
Aug 20, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 19, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Aug 19, 2016 Marisol Álvarez
Aug 19, 2016 Cynthia Von Schlehenried Please stop this horrific brutal act upon American Horses. Most are thought of and treated as pets, and in doing so are given inoculations that are bad for human consumption.
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Ursula Suszko
Aug 19, 2016 Melissa Hatfield
Aug 18, 2016 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 17, 2016 Mary Fenoglio How many years have I and thousands of other horse people been fighting this "humane" slaughter thing. It will never end until the special interest groups (AQHA being one!) are out of the picture. Politicians care nothing about horses or constituents.
Aug 17, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Debra S Hinds
Aug 17, 2016 sasha farrugia
Aug 17, 2016 Carolyn Swan USDA Please don't allow horse slaughter!!!!
Aug 17, 2016 Jovan Ljubenovic
Aug 17, 2016 Colleen McGovern
Aug 16, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Aug 16, 2016 Pauline Scott
Aug 16, 2016 Robert Luby
Aug 16, 2016 Karen Wilkinson
Aug 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2016 Joan Lee

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