Ban Horse Slaughter & Transport

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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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Public Comments (6,916)
Jul 13th, 2017
Sydney R. from Lovettsville, VA writes:
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I am absolutely disgusted and sickened by today's action by the House Appropriations Committee that would permit the reopening of horse slaughterhouses in the United States. What have we become??
Jul 12th, 2017
Susan F. from New York, NY writes:
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Please stop this cruel and respect and help these deserving animals.
Jul 12th, 2017
Susan F. from New York, NY writes:
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Please stop this cruel and respect and help these deserving animals.
Jun 19th, 2017
Michelle B. from Cumming, GA writes:
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Did you now that horses fight for their life when they know they are about to be shot or stunned? Did you know that horses are lifted by one leg while still alive? Did you know that a lot of horses are still alive while being skinned? Do you know about the horrible transport to other countries with no food of water? Did you know that horses as well as our farm animals are fed grain that makes them more fleshy and antibiotics that make them unfit for human consumption and leads to a lot of diseases in humans? Did you know about how they are crammed in their own urine and feces and the condiments are then poured into our rivers and makes our environment unsafe? Is this what you want your children to live and eat?
Apr 28th, 2017
arnold w. from Pagosa Springs, CO signed.
Apr 3rd, 2017
Katie W. from York, ME signed.
Mar 27th, 2017
Someone from Glendale, AZ writes:
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This is absolutely horrific!
Mar 23rd, 2017
Roseanna G. from Baytown, TX writes:
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Horses are being treated in a painful and tortured way. Horses have always help humane and I cannot understand why this is the treatment they now get. Please stop the slaughter of these beautiful animals
Mar 21st, 2017
Kristin from Los Angeles, CA writes:
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Horse slaughter is a cruel, inhumane practice driven by foreign profit. It is a horrific industry that serves no benefit to state or federal economy behind the individual profiteers exporting these animals to neighboring countries for slaughter. Horses are packed in cattle trailers unable to move. No food or water is provided as they are transported hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles. If they fall, they are left there until they are dragged off the trailer by ropes along the pavement into the slaughter house. Those that can still stand must walk themselves onto the chopping block. Allowing export of horses for these practices outside of the United States where inhumane treatment is unregulating undermines the very purpose of the US government instilling these regulations in the first place. A blind eye is a helping hand in the torture of these innocent animals. Horse slaughter within the US and export of horses out of the US for the same purpose must be stopped immediately.
Mar 20th, 2017
Hopr V. from La Crosse, WI writes:
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Horse torture is sick. These animals are so close to us.
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