American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2012 (HR2966)
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American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2012 (HR2966)

    1. ramona  leach
    2. Petition by

      ramona leach

      Savannah, GA

* Americans don't eat horses. Horses are our companions in sport, recreation, work, and entertainment; and are a living symbol of the pioneer spirit. Horses are not bred as a food animal, and thus are not raised in or under FDA rules for "food animals."
* Slaughter is not a humane death, and is not equivalent to euthanasia. The methods used to slaughter horses were designed for cattle and smaller animals, and are not effective nor humane for any equine. Captive Bolt pistols meant to render the horse unconscious rarely do so on the first strike, and horses must endure being struck multiple times in the face or head with a 4 inch bolt. Often horses are not rendered fully unconscious, and are slaughtered while still aware.
* History has shown that the horse slaughterhouses that had previously operated in the US were a drain to their community; creating multiple environmental problems, a decrease in home and land values, and a large social stigma about the community.
* Proponents cite that horse slaughter "saves" surplus horses from neglect, abandonment, and starvation. In fact, neglect, abandonment, and starvation are illegal. Offenders should be criminally charged, and not allowed to profit from their crimes. Additionally, an increase of slaughtered US horses has not reduced known causes of neglect and starvation in the past.
* Animal cruelty should never substitute for responsible animal stewardship. Excess horses are human created, resulting from over breeding in industries such as Premarin production (HRT drugs made from pregnant mares urine), the horse racing industry, the show horse industry, riding stables, etc. Rather than analyzing the viability of new slaughter plants, proponents and regulators ought to focus on irresponsible breeding and guardianship.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. we have reached 600!! I am increasing the goal to 2000. I

      ramona  leach
      Petition Organizer

      I knew that this was important to me, but I am so happy to see it is important to many people. Keep it up everyone. Appeal to your friends, family, coworkers, and your government officials.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Ferguson NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because horse slaughter is WRONG !!!! These beautiful, domesticated, intelligent animals need our help and protection just like all other animals that are abused both privately and by industries. They are living, breathing, mammals that feel pain just as humans do. This must end NOW!

    • lisa robinson GILMANTON, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      we as a society need to dig deeper to come up with evolved solutions to a problem which we created . we need to push people to take responsability and step up. It can be done.

    • Stella Kuperberg OXFORD, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Just horrific. There needs to be a way to help all of these wonderful horses from getting into the wrong hands ever.

    • Brandie O'Dell GARDEN CITY, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      Murdering poor innocent animals is pure evil. How would the people doing this like to be the ones being murdered. Maybe they should live a day going through it themselves.

    • A G DAYTON, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I cannot watch the videos; my heart can not take it. This country is going to hell in a hand-basket with the way we treat our aniimals. No wonder there are so many animal abusers among the general population when this kind of abhorent abuse and slaughter goes on in facilities that supposedly operate under 'legal' guidelines.


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