Save Arizona’s Famed Salt River Horses

Wild Horses Arizona Salt River-by-Rick.Grybos

Target: United States Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Daniel M. Ashe

Goal: Oppose the removal of Arizona’s Salt River horses from their natural habitat, as the move will endanger their lives.

Arizona’s famed Salt River Horses are facing potential removal from Arizona’s Tonto National Forest because they are deemed ‘strays.’ The herd of roughly 500 horses has been known to locals and visitors because of its presence in the area for many years and has ties to the area dating back over 100 years, according to reports.

A debate has raged on how these horses got to their current location but one thing remains: people love seeing them. In fact, it is reported that the herd was about 500,000 in 1972, but the population has continued to decline over the years. Some people claim that these are the most popular wild horses in the U.S, and they are reported to be peaceful and tolerant to humans.

Forest service officials claim that the animals pose a risk to the very people they have tolerated over the years. The officials are claiming that the move is just a safety concern since the horses are visiting recreational areas, and everyone, including the horses, needs protection. Though this may sound reasonable, there have been no cases of reported horse/human injury in the area.

Over the years, the federal government has failed to grant this herd a designated territory. For that reason, these animals lack federal protection and are not defined as ‘wild.’ The Forest Service believes that the horses are merely domesticated, abandoned animals from the surrounding areas who should be treated like unauthorized livestock.

The Tonto National Forest Service has said it has given residents more time before it begins capturing these animals. Animal advocates have continued insisting that these horses are part of the last vestige of wild horses that have been roaming Arizona. On the other hand, officials insist that these are ‘stray’ horses.

Regardless, removing these horses from their natural home is unacceptable because these animals are already used to their habitats and grazing routines. Also, they would get hurt during the roundup. The Forest Service will cause harm by removing these creatures from their native home.

Sign this petition to oppose the removal of these animals from their native habitat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Daniel M. Ashe,

The famous Arizona Salt River Horses are facing a potential threat of being removed from their native habitat for domestication. The herd of about 500 horses has been in the area for years and the horses are known to locals because they have ties to the area dating back over 100 years.

There has been a debate about how these animals got to their current location, with forest officials claiming they are just strays. However, animal advocates insist these horses are part of the last vestige of wild horses that have been roaming Arizona.

Safety has been cited as the reason for their removal though no cases of a horse or human injury have been reported in the area. Over the years, the federal government has failed to grant these animals a designated territory, therefore denying these animals federal protection as ‘wild’ animals.

Whether the horses are ‘strays’ or they are part of the group that has been roaming Arizona, these animals are already used to their habitats and grazing routines. Removing them will cause harm because they are likely to get hurt during the roundup. Please use your agency’s might and defend these innocent creatures. I urge you to take action towards this positive cause and oppose the removal of these animals from Tonto Forest.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Rick Grybos

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