Target: Bill Richardson, Co-Founder of the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife
Goal: Thank Bill Richardson and his team for negotiating an agreement to protect horses on the Navajo reservation
A formal agreement between the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife and the Navajo Nation was recently reached, signifying a huge step in the protection of Navajo’s wild horses. The new program proposed by the agreement aims to deal with Navajo’s wild horse overpopulation in a humane way: by adopting horses out, relocating them to sanctuaries, and providing veterinary care to the injured. The old system often saw horses sold to buyers who re-sold them for slaughter. This program is a step in the right direction, and we should thank Bill Richardson for his efforts in saving these beautiful wild horses.
The horse population in the Navajo Nation has grown abundant, with horses eating up the grass that people use to feed their cattle. What was once thriving grassland is slowly turning into an arid desert. With their livelihoods threatened, many people rounded up wild horses and sold them to buyers who would then sell them to slaughterhouses. The program recently agreed upon by the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife and the President of the Navajo Nation, Ben Shelly, will utilize humane methods of dealing with overpopulation and the cessation of sending wild horses to their deaths.
This agreement will potentially save thousands of horses from being sent to slaughterhouses, and marks a monumental step in the protection of wildlife in the Navajo Nation. Sign this petition to thank Bill Richardson for his hard work in protecting wild animals in New Mexico.
Dear Mr. Richardson,
After reading of your work to develop ties with the Navajo Nation, I feel I should write with thanks and congratulations. The recent agreement with the Navajo Nation to develop alternative methods of wild horse population control is uplifting.
Instead of horses being rounded up and sent to slaughter, the program you proposed details practical solutions for the population boom of wild horses in the Navajo region, and protects a much-loved animal from senseless suffering. The thousands of horses that might be sent to slaughter can now live in peace because of your efforts.
I sincerely hope that this program succeeds, and that the Navajo people find a new respect for the horses in their homeland. I wish you well on your future endeavors in protecting wild animals in New Mexico—let every signature to this letter inspire you to continue your vital work.
[Your Name Here]
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