Ban Horse Slaughter & Transport

5,730 Letters Sent So Far

To Whom It May Concern:

Signatures of more than 6,000 Americans on a White House petition to ban the slaughter of equines for human consumption have been presented to the Obama Administration. The Obama Administration told us that if we gathered 5,000 signatures on a White House petition, the issue would receive consideration. We actually collected 5,000 signatures very quickly, at least 2 weeks before opponents were able to gather the same number of signatures for a petition started earlier to revive horse slaughter in the U.S. Of the 4 petitions created by mid-October regarding horses, the slaughter ban has collected the most signatures.

Thousands more Americans have sent letters directly to the White House over the past 3 years and still more have directed letters to their senators and representatives in Congress in an effort to end equine slaughter for human consumption.

We know from a 2006 Public Opinion Strategies poll that nearly 70% of Americans support a ban on equine slaughter. A CNN poll that same year showed a similar result. The support among Americans for a ban on equine slaughter for human consumption has grown: Currently, according to the Popvox poll, 77% of Americans support pending legislation, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 2966/S.B. 1176, which would end the slaughter of American equines for human consumption.

I hope the Obama Administration will see this issue as paramount to human health and safety. It is also about saving communities from a predatory and environmentally and economically devastating practice. It is about stopping terrible cruelty and suffering of animals who are our companions and pets; they helped build this country and still work in the military and law enforcement and provide therapy as well as entertainment in horse racing, shows and other sports and exhibitions. They are not raised for food.

During the 2008 campaign you (President Obama) said, Federal policy towards animals should respect the dignity of animals and their rightful place as cohabitants of our environment. We should strive to protect animals and their habitats and prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect. I have consistently been a champion of animal-friendly legislation and policy and would continue to be so once elected. You (President Obama) announced that you had co-sponsored legislation to stop the sale for slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros. During the 2008 campaign you (President Obama) signed on as co-sponsor to the bill to ban horse slaughter for human consumption. When asked specifically during the campaign, Will you support legislation to institute a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption, you (President Obama) gave an unqualified Yes. (HSLF questionnaire)

Now is the time to keep that campaign promise, Mr. President. The supporters of this predatory, cruel and inhumane practice of slaughtering horses have wrapped their argume

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It has to stop. I just recently rescued a horse from the kill lot who just so happens to be 1. a draft, 2. a former competition driving horse and 3. He is the best horse I personally have ever had! The biggest sweetheart in the world. THIS IS DISGUSTING!!! Horses were never meant to be brutally slaughtered and consumed by humans. They have been and will continue to be a human's partner in war, partner in life, helper, and livelihood. Back in the day, what do you think our soldiers rode into battle? What do you think the PRESIDENT rode? What do you think our main transportation was??? HORSES!!!!!! Many farms and ranches STILL TODAY use horses for ranch work (ie: Plowing, herding, transport, etc). STOP THE SLAUGHTER! STOP THE TRANSPORT! We are AMERICANS! NOT BARBARIANS! LONG LIVE THE EQUINE!
It has to stop please, horses were never meant for food that's like eating your dog make's me sick to think about it .
We need to end this horrific transport of horses to Mexico for slaughter. This is beyond cruel. No animal should endure this terrible cruelty.
I'm shocked and deeply saddened by what I've just read about horses sent to slaughter, you said you'd stop this.
Horses deserve dignity
Horses deserve respect
Please stop slaughter
Its time for us to move forward as human beings in our relationship with Gods creatures not backward. Stop the slaughter of horses and the export to other barbaric countries.
This has got to stop and stop now.