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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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3 days ago
Someone from Katy, TX writes:
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it just needs to be stopped
January 13, 2017
Jamie M. from Maysville, NC writes:
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Please do something so this stops! Do something to protect all horse and Donkeys,etc. Do not allow horsemeat here in the US and do not allow our horses to be shipped anywhere for slaughter.
January 12, 2017
Cheryl B. from Irvine, CA writes:
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This is important. Please make a difference in the lives of our horses.
January 4, 2017
Kathy A. from Oxford, NC writes:
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Save our wild Horses! They are a symbol of America. Stop the horrible round ups that break up family herds. America is better than this.
just now
Michelle M. from Irvington, AL writes:
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It's imperative that this bill be passed! The USA is better than this, way past time that we make aggressive efforts to stem the cruelty, neglect and exploitation of animals!
January 4, 2017
Sandra N. from Gulf Shores, AL writes:
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This bill is of utmost importance to millions of animal advocates, horse lovers and caring owners - Please see that this bill is passed. President Obama, you said animals should be respected - so DO SOMETHING NOW to STOP THE TORTURE, TERROR AND CRUEL TRANSPORT, AND BRUTAL SLAUGHTER (in Mexico/Canada) of loyal, beloved equines. IT'S IN YOUR COURT!!!!
January 4, 2017
Sandra N. from Gulf Shores, AL writes:
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This bill is of utmost importance to millions of animal advocates, horse lovers and caring owners - Please see that this bill is passed. President Obama, you said animals should be respected - so DO SOMETHING NOW to STOP THE TORTURE, TERROR AND CRUEL TRANSPORT, AND BRUTAL SLAUGHTER (in Mexico/Canada) of loyal, beloved equines. IT'S IN YOUR COURT!!!!
December 29, 2016
Lasha W. from Saint Petersburg, FL signed.
December 7, 2016
Chris P. from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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Very disgusting to allow horses to be slaughter for food. Please ban this in our country as well as being sold to Mexico. Horse meat can still be sold to Mexico where they can then re-package it and sell back to the US as a filler substitute. This is how the US will profit from this disgusting business.
December 4, 2016
Lisa K. from Orlando, FL writes:
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We should be ashamed of ourselves...you call us Americans!?You allow US American horses to go to Mexico, Candida and being shipped to China. Watching our historic animals that we once used for transportation not only for emergencies but for pleasure and entertainment and now we treat them like they are garbage and inhumanely killed! How could you sit there and call yourself Americans... This is a disgrace and a disappointment there is no other words that I could put in this comment other than we need a hero in this country to step up and stop this horrible Act.