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Navajo Nation Announces Opposition to Horse Slaughter, Halts Roundups

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:00pm
Three chestnut colored horses grazing

“I am interested in long-term humane solutions to manage our horse populations. Our land is precious to the Navajo people as are all the horses on the Navajo Nation. Horses are sacred animals to us.” – Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation

Phenomenal news! Horse-welfare advocates just gained an important new ally in the fight to stop the brutal practice of horse slaughter. As reported earlier this week in The New York Times, Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, announced that the Nation opposes the practice of horse slaughter and has stopped all horse round-ups on the reservation.

This statement follows two important developments for horses on Navajo lands. In September, a coalition of Navajo elders and medicine people passed a resolution to oppose horse slaughter, and a Navajo Nation chapter opted to suspend round-ups in its territory for fear the horses would be sent to slaughter.

The ASPCA applauds President Shelly’s announcement, which underscores the fact that the inherently cruel practice of horse slaughter is never an acceptable end for a horse.

This declaration comes at a critical time: Congress is considering budget bills that could prevent the opening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S., and a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which also seeks to hamper the opening of plants, is pending in federal court.

President Shelly’s message on behalf of the Navajo Nation confirms the building momentum for the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would forbid the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad.

Please be a voice for horses TODAY: Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act to end this horrific threat to American horses.

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suz

Does everyone know that Obama signed into law the practice of horse slaughter could proceed.

MARIE LEES

OH MY GOD, DOES HE EVEN HAVE A CLUE ?? BUT WHAT HAPPENES WHEN WE HAVE A ONSLAUGHT OF ABONDON HORSES, IN THE DESERT, WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T FEED THEM ANY MORE ?? WHAT THEN ???

Jo Ann Restrepo

I agree. When the ASPCA recently emailed regarding the cruelty towards chickens, I stopped eating chicken and any meats. I will not be a part of any cruelty towards a helpless living creature, they hurt and bleed just like humans. Thank God there are people such as yourself that still care and want to make a difference.

Susann Van Ruff...

I don't understand why the Indians would ever take part in this.....it is beyond me....they are a part of our heritage.

Jen

And then what will you eat besides salad and pasta? Its is cruel how the system slaughters animals and I agree it is inhumane. However, we are predators and have always had meat in our diets. You may not think so but it is our right for survival to eat meat and that will never stop. But the way it is preformed can be altered.

coco

thank you Navajo Nation. You are a blessing

Janeanne

God Bless the Navajo Nation for speaking out. I tweeted this info.! It should be out there!

Dorothy

This is pleasing news and we who care for animals in the UK wish you well. Long may your horses be a part of you. At this time we are in protest against people culling badgers in England because of the mis-belief that they spread TB to our farm cattle. Earth belongs to animals, we are just 'passing through' .

Jackie

Thank you so much President Shelly!! Your care and concern for horses brings joy to my heart. May our
Heavenly Father bless us all as we care for His innocent creatures! Thank you so much!

RoseAnn

Thank you for saving those beautiful horses

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