Target: Navajo Nation
Goal: Commend Navajo Nation for opposing horse slaughter
Horse “roundup” is a cruel practice where horses are terrified as they run for their lives in a stampede from loud, frightening helicopters. The horses are then corralled into a pen. Many horses are injured or killed in the process. Considering new alternatives, this practice is outdated and unacceptable. Commend the Navajo Nation for publicly endorsing alternative methods to western horse population control.
There are many examples of horse injuries during roundups. For example, according to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) press release, a mare was recently injured by gunshot and sustained a wound to her upper left leg in a roundup. She was killed after breaking her leg in a holding pen. Also, recent video portrayed an elderly horse collapsing from exhaustion during a helicopter chase. The BLM declines to install video cameras on helicopters that would “verify the distance and speed that horses are driven in from the range.”
Further, according to the American Wild Horse Preservation, roundups specifically impact elderly, vulnerable adolescent, and pregnant horses. The U.S. already holds 42,000 wild horses held captive in holding facilities that will cost taxpayers $46 million in 2013 alone.
The Navajo Nation formerly supported roundups. However, President Ben Shelly said that the tribe decided to find support humane solutions to prevent horse overpopulation. This organization’s public declaration against roundups is a step in the right direction. Sign this petition to thank the Navajo Nation and encourage similar opposition to horse roundups.
Dear Navajo Nation:
We applaud your recent stance against roundups, where horses are terrified as they run for their lives in a stampede from loud, frightening helicopters. The horses are then corralled into a pen. Many horses are injured or killed in the process. According to the American Wild Horse Preservation, roundups specifically endanger elderly, adolescent, and pregnant horses.
Your public declaration against horse roundups is a step in the right direction against the cruel practice. We thank you and encourage similar opposition. We also encourage your organization and others to pursue more advanced alternatives for population control.
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