IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King: Keep horses out of our food!
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IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King: Keep horses out of our food!

    1. Petition by

      YEA! - Youths' Equine Alliance

Hi, I'm Wild Mustang Robin and I love horses. When I found out that horse meat was hiding in meatballs, tacos, and burgers, I was horrified! The horse meat scandal is happening in Europe, but it could happen in America, too, especially since right now, the USDA is reviewing an application for a horse slaughter plant to open in New Mexico and a law approving horse slaughter in Oklahoma.

At first I thought, "How could the food retailers trick us like that?" Then I found out that they got tricked, too. It was the meat processors who mixed horse meat with the burgers. As soon as IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King found out what was happening, they took steps right away to make sure that horse meat wasn't ending up in any of their European products.

But I'm worried it could start happening here. I think it's important that companies like IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King tell their U.S. consumers and the people trying to open horse slaughter plants here that they won't serve horse meat. If these companies speak out, maybe the horse slaughter plant in New Mexico won't be built!

HSUS and other groups are taking legal action to stop the slaughterhouse, and even the Obama administration is urging Congress to pass a ban on horse slaughter. But as long as the meat company thinks they have a market, they'll keep fighting to slaughter horses in the U.S.

That's why I'm asking IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King to make a pledge to never buy or sell horse meat in the United States. Will you sign my petition and share it with your friends who love horses?

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    News

    1. Urgent - Stop this National Cattle Campaign

      Here at YEA! Youths' Equine Alliance we love Whole Foods Market because of the fresh organic and healthy food they have there. That's why we were disappointed to see the "Values Matter" commercial (below) that promotes the cattle industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwaU0YNG3Vo

      It's not that we are against eating beef or meat but it is the idea that it is good for the environment that we are most offended by. One sentence says the cattle are guaranteed "free to roam" and what the ad neglects to say is that in order for the cows to roam free, other species are removed or displaced.

      The species that suffers the most from the cattle industry is our wild equids - horses and burros. Horses are native to North America. Most people agree that horses were reintroduced to our continent when the Spaniards came, but there is rock art depicting horses from much earlier times.

      Listen, we don't have anything against ranching. We admire people who work hard to live, whether farming or raising livestock. Many of our young members have ranchers in their friends or families. But we don't think that any industry should be allowed to take over public land and consume more than 80% of the forage at the expense of the native species.

      We don't believe that supporting the cattle industry is inline with Whole Foods Market's core standards of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Please reconsider your marketing strategy and if you do insist on supporting the industry please offset the damage by supporting conservation efforts that allow the horses to be "free to roam" and help to lobby for the horses' freedom.

      The horses don't have a voice because they don't have a market industry. They don't have anyone lobbying for them. So it is up to us to be their voice and to let you know that having the cattle "free to roam" means that the horses and burros aren't.

      Please sign our new petition to stop Whole Food's cattle campaign: http://www.change.org/p/whole-foods-market-stop-promoting-the-cattle-industry

      Values Matter TV Commercial: Beef | Values Matter | Whole Foods Market

      Watch what responsible ranching looks like. Flavor and tenderness are only part of the story when it comes to beef. We take it further with animal-welfare standards that apply to all the fresh beef we sell. Check it out. Learn more: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/valuesmatter SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1n1JkzT About Whole Foods: Who are we?

    2. New Petition: Kids say NO to Horse-Meat (follow link)

      https://www.change.org/p/ellen-degeneres-please-tell-america-our-kids-want-to-stop-wild-horses-and-burros-from-being-sent-to-other-countries

      Please sign our new petition asking for TV producers to air more shows about what is happening to the horses and burros and the kids who are trying to save them (follow link above, sign and share). Thank you for your continued support.

      Ellen DeGeneres: Please tell America our kids want to stop wild horses and burros from being sent to other countries

      People who know what is happening to the wild horses and burros need help! We need to reach more people. We need the public to find out what is...

    3. Aldi confirms up to 100% horsemeat in some "beef" products

      Aldi confirms up to 100% horsemeat in beef products

      The environment secretary is due to meet the Food Standards Agency, food suppliers and retailers on Saturday to discuss the horsemeat scandal after Aldi became the latest supermarket to confirm its withdrawn beef products contained up to 100% horsemeat. Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that consumers were mis-sold products, but that the problems originated overseas.

    4. Suspected Wild Horses end up at Slaughter Auction in Fallon

      Feds asked to block sale, slaughter of wild horses in Nevada

      RENO - Wild horse advocates are seeking an emergency court order to block the sale of what they say are federally protected mustangs rounded up illegally by a Nevada tribe and headed for an auction that could send them to slaughter.

    5. Reached 50,000 signatures
    6. Robin's Reaction to Receiving Your Support!

      NoHorseMeat - Robin's Reaction to Support

      http://www.change.org/NoHorseMeat Please support Robin's petition addressed to IKEA, Taco Bell, and Burger King asking them to keep horse meat out of our food.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. USDA may approve horse slaughter plant for human consumption

      "The impending approval comes amid growing concern among American consumers that horse meat will somehow make its way into ground beef products in the United States as it has done in Europe."

      U.S.D.A. May Approve Horse Slaughtering

      The United States Department of Agriculture is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the United States for the first time since 2007.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Marilyn Morgan FORT COLLINS, CO
      • about 1 hour ago

      If horse meat is in their tacos and burgers, they should HAVE to report it. To slip that into the food stream is disgusting.

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    • Keira Bohn MARSHALL, VA
      • about 16 hours ago

      No animal should be killed

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    • Jessica Ruppert ANDES, NY
      • 3 days ago

      Because they're alive and they shouldn't be killed.

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    • Marcela Beltran BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 5 days ago

      Horses have worked hard for the world through centuries now people pay them back by eating them! how disgraceful!

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    • Dawn Sturgill SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
      • 8 days ago

      This is just barbaric and sick Stop Using horse meat

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