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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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Emma

Thank you President Shelly. Thank you to the esteemed Navajo Nation. There are beautiful poems in the Navajo language about the reverence for animals and especially horses. This announcement can only help in the fight against the wanton slaughter of horses.

LUCILLE CURTIS

THANK YOU PRESIDENT SHELLY FOR YOUR BRAVE SUPPORT OF ALL HORSE AND ANIMALS THAT ARE NEEDLESSY SLAUGHTERED EVERY DAY. THEY ARE AMONG GODS PRECIOUS ANIMALS AND WE NEED TO STOP THIS SLAUHTER NOW.

Lisa

Hey Lucille, back of the line! Don't reply to the first posters comment just to get your comment in the front!!!

Dale (Stormy) G.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE WHERE SHE POSTS?? The whole point here is to report good news. It is NOT a contest. I say BRAVO to the Navajo Nation and God Bless Them ALL!!!

ambypants

Dale- people are so ridiculous. haha!

Karen

Amen to that!

Emma Robinson

Thats fab news. No plants equals no horse slaughter. This can only help the cause with the great Navajo stepping up.

James Feldmann

Let's do that for Cows, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, Turkeys, and more! What rights do we have to kill them for food? They have same rights as us!

Laurie

Absolutely agree with you James. Humans are NOT the self-proclaimed sacred species, in fact, imo, we are the most disgusting species on Earth!

Christian M

I so agree with you Laurie. We human are despicable. But there is hope. C.

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