|Urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to Deny Horse Slaughter Plant Applications|
Horse slaughter proponents are taking steps to open horse slaughter plants in the United States. Unless citizens object, horses may soon be commercially slaughtered in our communities for human consumption overseas. There is already a slaughterhouse in New Mexico being considered for government approval to slaughter horses.
According to a national poll conducted in January 2012, 80% of Americans are strongly against horse slaughter. Americans do not raise horses for food or eat horse meat. Horse slaughter will benefit only foreign-owned corporations who profit by catering to overseas specialty markets. These corporations have no regard for the welfare of our nation’s horses or the communities we call home.
Horse slaughter plants are not clean/green enterprises. They are an economic and environmental nightmare: polluting local water supplies, lowering property values and filling the air with a foul stench. Five years after the closure of a horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas, the community is still trying to recover from the damage that the plant caused.
Finally, horse slaughter is not humane and it is not euthanasia. The USDA found that more than 92% of all horses sent to slaughter are in good condition! Many horses sent to slaughter would have gone to good homes or sanctuaries had they not fallen into the hands of “kill buyers” who outbid potential adopters. Before the last U.S. horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007, USDA investigative documents revealed routine brutality at these facilities. Those same horrific practices will resume if horse slaughter plants reopen on U.S. soil.
What You Can DoPlease use the email AT THIS LINK to contact U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urge him to reject any application to operate a horse slaughter facility in the U.S. Be sure to personalize the email with your own thoughts in the space provided, and share this webpage (www.aspca.org/Vilsack) with everyone you know who cares about animals, the environment and food safety!