Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Prevent the slaughter of horses for meat in the United States
Can you imagine having horse for dinner? Some companies are hoping you will in the near future. The Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico hopes to be the first company in the United States to slaughter horses for meat. Slaughterhouses in other states are also planning to begin producing horse meat for human consumption. These companies are waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of such practices.
Horses are incredibly sensitive and intelligent animals. The thought of eating a horse is sickening, as many of us have gone horseback riding, been to a horse stable, and maybe even owned and loved a horse as a pet. For those who have encountered a horse, you know how easy it is to develop a connection with this incredible animal.
Like many animals, most horses killed for meat are perfectly healthy and young. The way that horses are killed, the captive bolt method, can be very harmful to the animal and to the meat that humans would then ingest. Certain traits that horses have, like cunning fight or flight responses, can make stunning them properly very difficult, and they can sometimes be fully aware as the slaughter is carried out. Not only is the slaughter of horses inhumane, but it could also be very unhealthy for humans to consume horse meat.
Sign this petition to stop the slaughter of horses before it starts, and urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to place a national ban on the production of horse meat for human consumption.
Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture Officials,
Many companies in the United States, including the Valley Meat Co. among others, are asking for permission to slaughter horses for human consumption. I urge you to stop this disgusting practice before it begins.
The slaughter of horses is cruel and unnecessary. Horses are sensitive and intelligent animals that are loved by many compassionate people. Horses have long served as companions to human beings, and the majority of citizens will not stand to consume horse meat, nor will they stand to allow for the production of horse meat in this country.
The methods used for slaughtering horses can be very harmful and dangerous, both to the horse and to the human consuming the meat. Reinstate a national ban on the slaughter of horses, to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of this country and that of the animal we love.
[Your Name Here]
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