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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: 112,395
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


Sep 24, 2016 Sarah Finlayson
Sep 23, 2016 Patty Hart
Sep 23, 2016 michael lyons
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox Please don't let this happen. It would be a huge step backwards for our country.
Sep 23, 2016 P Lynch
Sep 23, 2016 Di Rosenthal
Sep 22, 2016 Janice McDaniel
Sep 21, 2016 Roxana Moya
Sep 20, 2016 Michael Hazlett
Sep 20, 2016 Coreen Ferrell
Sep 19, 2016 jan pepper
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 Marina Nemeth
Sep 17, 2016 Gillian Shults
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Wall
Sep 17, 2016 Sally Hart No horse slaughter!!!! It's evil and barbaric.
Sep 17, 2016 Kelly Newsom
Sep 16, 2016 Mary Mitchell
Sep 16, 2016 Robyn Cotterill
Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Cynthia Trexler
Sep 16, 2016 Sharon Jacobs-Salinas No more horse slaughter plants in the USA!
Sep 16, 2016 vicki marshall
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 kitty kelleher
Sep 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2016 Sally Wise
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 14, 2016 Buck Dang
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 13, 2016 Karen Adkins
Sep 13, 2016 Laurie Swain Please stop
Sep 13, 2016 Sandra Lubrano
Sep 13, 2016 Jan Yerkes-Roop
Sep 12, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 12, 2016 cassandra lewis Don"t even think about doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 12, 2016 Janis ciaramello
Sep 12, 2016 Dean LaPorte
Sep 12, 2016 Deette Kearns
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Robert Felice
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Terry Smith
Sep 12, 2016 kathy raggio This is horrific.
Sep 12, 2016 Kelli Jackson
Sep 10, 2016 Albena Iordanova
Sep 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2016 Deanna Lawshe
Sep 8, 2016 nicole martin

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