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Ban Horse Slaughter & Transport

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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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1 day ago
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.
2 days ago
Hopr V. from La Crosse, WI writes:
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Horse torture is sick. These animals are so close to us.
March 9, 2017
Monica B. from Epsom, NH writes:
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Since it's now up to President Trump let's hope he can do at least 1 right thing.
February 28, 2017
Ali L. from Hingham, MA writes:
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It's cruel they should stop slaughtering innocent horses.
February 27, 2017
Someone from Hanson, MA signed.
1 month ago
Ava R. from Union, NJ writes:
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Please tell people about this cruelty if u signed god Bless you??????????????????
1 month ago
Sara S. from Plano, TX writes:
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It is a shame that the congress would not pass a law to help and save lives. Animals have the same right as humans. We have obligation to look after we'll being on all creatures. As a member of congress you are to ensure all human and animal rights are met. Do your job. Save horses. You have to save them. YOU HAVE TO SAVE THEM.
1 month ago
Someone from Louisville, KY writes:
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i have rescued manny horses from slaughter that were only worth 200$ and now their worth 3000 these horses need somebody to talk for them and i say stop horse slaughter its wrong. look up pictures of horse slaughter
February 11, 2017
Raynee D. from Billings, MT writes:
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Stop this gross way of handling animals makes me sick.
February 10, 2017
Laurie G. from Cuyahoga Falls, OH writes:
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Stop this inhuman cruelty!