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Wild Horse Agreement for Navajo Nation

October 09
17:12 2013

wild_horses_smallNavajo Nation President Shelly and Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have reached an agreement regarding the wild horse situation on Navajo Nation lands. The two continue discussion on feral horse solutions to address what many chapters have deemed a critical land management issue. Both the President and the Governor have reached an agreement in principle in which the Navajo Nation would suspend horse round ups making way to halting the sale of Navajo horses to horse processing plants. According to Shelly,

Over the last several months since chapters have requested assistance with curbing uncared for horse populations I have been meeting with federal officials and animal advocacy groups to approach this matter in a sustainable and humane way. I have met with Gov. Richardson and we have come to an agreement to find long term solutions to manage our feral horse issue on the Navajo Nation. We will suspend horse round ups and forfeit support for horse slaughtering and horse slaughtering facilities.”

Gov. Richardson represents the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife – which he founded with actor, director, and conservationist Robert Redford – and other agencies working to stop the slaughter of horses, including actively fighting efforts to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the United States. Richardson said,

“I commend President Shelly for calling for an immediate end to horse roundups and for making it clear that moving forward the Navajo Nation will not support horse slaughter or the return of horse slaughter facilities. This is exactly the outcome horse advocates, such as myself, had hoped for.”

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