Target: Barack Obama
Goal: Ban the slaughter of horses and sale of horse meat in the United States
On November 18, 2011, a ban on horsemeat slaughterhouses signed by George W. Bush in 2006 was lifted by the Obama administration. President Obama had lifted the ban because of evidence that the meat product industry had been pushed to areas in Mexico and Canada beyond the jurisdiction of United States law, which were rampant with abuse and neglect.
The sale of horsemeat for human consumption is illegal in the United States, but it is legal to export it. Mexico, Russia, and China allow the sale of horsemeat for human consumption, and some nations use it as feed for zoo animals. Horsemeat is also allowed in pet food in the United States.
In Roswell, New Mexico, Valley Meat Company, a meat plant, has recently opened a horsemeat division and received federal approval. The United States Department of Agriculture claims that it is required to issue a grant of inspection to the plant because it met all federal requirements, and meat inspectors must be assigned to the plant to ensure all the meat is processed properly by USDA standards.
The people of the United States have enough types of meat to choose from to supplement our diets, and we do not have to subject another animal to slaughterhouse cruelty to feed our pets. Please sign this petition to ban horsemeat in all products sold within the United States.
Dear President Obama,
It is illegal in the United States to sell horsemeat for human consumption, but the product still ends up in pet food and animal feed. Furthermore, after the lifting of a ban by your administration, our nation has allowed a horse slaughterhouse to be opened in Roswell, New Mexico.
It is impossible to ensure the humane conditions of horses slaughtered beyond the reach of U.S. law, but that should not necessarily lead to the conclusion that we must kill horses within our borders. Instead, please ban the slaughter of horses and the sale of horsemeat entirely within our borders. The American people have enough animal meat to sell and consume.
[Your Name Here]
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