Ban Horse Slaughter & Transport

9,332 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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Please do the right thing, for a change, end the slaughter of our horses and burros.
Ban their cruel and inhumane transport and slaughter in Mexico and Canada.
Slaughtering horses is nothing short of barbarism. In Korea and China they eat dogs. The horse slaughter trade is but one pet species away from Lassie.
A horse is a noble animal. They carried soldiers through wars for thousands of years, They risk their lives for our profit in racing and other equine sports. My horses know me and whinny when they see me. They are inteligent, loyal companions. It would be a terrible tragedy to betray them in this manner. I rescued two horses from slaughter, they turned out to be the best horses I have ever had!
It's time to outlaw horse slaughter and to outlaw shipping them to Mexico and Canada ,etc for slaughter. It's the right thing to do. And while you all are at it, outlaw the B.L.M. from tampering with our countries wild horses and burros. Please help us help them. Why is there no response? How about a press conference?what about a vote? How about a media release on the subject? I want an answer !!!
Did you see us, did you hear us when we marched on the Capital??? We want SAFE FOOD & SAFE HORSES NOW!!!