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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linda guilmette

thank you president shelly and the whole navajo nation. what a great thing you have done. all horses are beautiful animals that need to be saved, thank you so much




Thank you so much,this is wonderful news to hear about these beautiful animals,I was heartbroken to read about destroying such a wonderful animal

Geraldine Ronde...

quote: "BRAVO to the Navajo Nation and God Bless Them ALL!!!" unquote.
THANK YOU PRESIDENT SHELLY and TO ALL HUMANS (of every Nation and Denomination on Mother Earth) who TRY & DO their very best to Humanely Save; Humanely Respect; Humanely Support and Humanely Treat ALL SENTIENT BEINGS (such as horses, dogs, cats, etc).
ALL SENTIENT BEINGS (people included) are NOT on Mother Earth to be caged, slaughtered, abused or killed and those who think otherwise are BARBARIC; INHUMANE; SADISTIC; IMMORAL; & SUB-HUMAN.


Thank you for coming forward President Ben Shelley to help put an end to horse slaughter and a thank you to the Navajo nation!

Christine Lund

We must stand together and fight these predators. We must teach children from day one about respecting the food they eat. The Nuns at my school taught me humility when they caught me throwing away meat. They explained that an animal died for me to have that meal. I never have forgotten the shock I experienced when I realized that.


Thank you President Shelly and the Navajo Nation for opposing horse slaughter. I hope that your decision will help get the SAFE Act passed and finally put an end to this inhumane practice. Again, Thank you.

Patricia Kozero

Proud of the Navajo!! The Navajo Nation has proven it respects the rights of these great animals. God Bless the Navajo Nation!!


Yes, I too do not understand the "Back of the Line" comment. What did she do wrong? And hats off to the Navajo Nation for caring about their land and their animals on it.

shirley hofmann

thank youso much....this slaughter of innocent animals has got to stop.....they are Gods creatures and we need to respect that...