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Navajo Nation will support NM horse processing plant

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COMING OUT IN FAVOR: The Navajo Nation is about to come out in favor of a controversial horse slaughter facility in Roswell, NM. Photo from Facebook.

COMING OUT IN FAVOR: The Navajo Nation is about to come out in favor of a controversial horse slaughter facility in Roswell, NM. Photo from Facebook.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — The Navajo Nation is about to wade into the heated debate over a horse-meat processing plant in Roswell and will support  Valley Meat Co. becoming the first horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. in seven years.

“They’re eating up the land and drinking all the water,” Erny Zah, spokesman for Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley told New Mexico Watchdog of the feral horses on Navajo Nation land that encompasses 27,425 square miles, including parts of Arizona and Utah as well as a large section of northwest New Mexico.

Zah estimated there are 20,000 to 30,000 “feral horses on our lands,” and that Navajo Nation lawyers in Washington, D.C., are in the process of finalizing a letter that Shelly will sign in support of the horse slaughter facility “with the next couple of days.”

“I’m sympathetic to the native nations but all this is going to do is make New Mexico the slaughter state,” said Phil Carter of Animal Protection New Mexico, one of the facility’s opponents. “We have to move forward beyond this outdated and cruel slaughter model.”

The debate over the facility in Roswell has sparked heated arguments that extend beyond state borders.

Opponents of the facility include Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, former Gov. Bill Richardson, state Attorney General Gary King and State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, as well as actor Robert Redford and animal rights groups. The Humane Society of the United States is one of a slew of plaintiffs seeking an injunction to stop the company from opening its slaughterhouse operations.

Supporters say that given the rising cost of hay, horses have been abandoned and left to starve. They argue it’s better to have unwanted and dying horses killed in a federall -inspected facility in the U.S. than have them sent to plants in places like Mexico, where they often meet gruesome deaths in unsanitary conditions.

“Which would you rather do, put them down in a humane fashion or let them starve to death,” the facility’s attorney Blair Dunn said earlier this month.

The debate has become more intense as Valley Meat Co. hopes to open as soon as Aug. 5. A federal court hearing is set for Friday in Albuquerque

Last Saturday, a fire broke out at the company and officials suspect it may have been deliberately set. The blaze burned part of the exterior of Valley Meat Co.’s building and damaged a refrigeration unit. A Chaves County sheriff’s lieutenant described the fire as “very suspicious.”

“It was an act of domestic terrorism,” Dunn told the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership Tuesday.

Zah said the Navajo Nation’s decision to weigh in on the matter is “more economic” than anything else.

“We’re already in a drought,” Zah said. “We already have our registered cattle and sheep and registered horses to care for. We’re concerned about water and vegetation” being eaten by  feral horses.

Zah said a horse slaughter facility in Roswell is simply closer and more cost-effective.

“We need some place to take them,” he said. “There are other options but they are more costly …  The plant Roswell provides us this opportunity.”

But Carter says there are other options, including injecting horses with contraceptives, gelding stallions and euthanizing them.

But isn’t that expensive?

Carter points to the New Mexico Equine Protection Fund that his group administers and says the cost to tending to feral horses has been reduced to about $200 per head. “And there’s no reason those costs couldn’t come down more,” Carter said.

“They’re sacred animals,” Zah acknowledged but added, “We also have a kinship with our land. There’s a delicate balance there. Everything is related, everything is intertwined. When one is out of balance, we have to take care of that delicate balance.”

Supporters of the plant have estimated there are 9,000 feral horses on Mescalero Apache land in southern New Mexico. Numerous phone calls from New Mexico Watchdog to Alfred LaPaz, acting president of the Mescalero tribe, seeking comment have gone unanswered.

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  • TomDurfee

    I guess Americans will just have to boycott everything Navajo. I know I will.

  • crookedstick

    NO, Ben Shelly, YOU are allowing Greedy Corporations to “eat up the land and drink all the water”! Why don’t you step down and allow young leaders to take over…? You could go live in Florida or Bermuda with your Corporate buddies… Shame on you!

  • Connie Nelson

    I understand that Navajos raise sheep and that there is little water & range for animals, but that is why we need to stop the XLpipeline and Fracking which destroys the environment for all living things.

  • Janna Lukens

    Well, I guess I already was – since I am boycotting everything New Mexico. Oh, and that vacation trip to the Alien Museum at Roswell? Nope. Not gonna happen. Visiting my NM relatives? Nope. Not gonna happen. New Mexico can go to hell. Oh wait, they already are – if horseslaughter comes they can change their signs from “Welcome to New Mexico” to “Welcome to HELL!” They can change their slogan from “Land of Enchantment” to “Land of Stinky Horse Guts”.

  • Janna Lukens

    I no longer fall for the numbers game. I am no longer fooled, but am highly skeptical of ANYTHING pro-horseslaughter. Money might talk, but people lie. Our government lies. And they especially lie when there money is talking. The “We gotta KILL ‘em or else they’ll DIE!” strategy no longer holds up either. A photo of eight or nine horses – none of whom appear to be starving – does not stab me in my emotional bleeding heart nor does it hoodwink me. After the GAO Report on horse slaughter turned out to be a FRAUD, I need a little more than the chief’s “estimate”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSxUPNgzgn4

  • Janna Lukens

    I actually laughed out loud when I read the Blair Dunne quote about the arson at Valley Meats: “It was an act of domestic terrorism.” THIS coming from an “international bioterrorist who is fighting so expensively to ship toxic horsemeat to our unsuspecting allies overseas! Hahaha! Good one, Blair! And speaking of “terrorism”, I’d just like to remind folks of the terror horses face in the slaughterhouse as they are butchered alive. In another attempt to bamboozle you and mess with your mind, Blair says “What would you rather do, put them down in a humane fashion or let them starve to death?” AS if the only options are slaughter or starvation. Hahaha! again, Blair. You must really think we’re stupid.

  • susanmeanslily

    So all you anti-slaughter people who really care about the Navaho feral horses are going to band together to buy them and take care of them, right? When you make something that isn’t your business into your business you’d better back it up with an alternative. I can think of no better way for you to feel good about yourselves and help both the horses and the poor people who own them than to open up your wallets and give a donation to buy the horses and haul them off. I’m sure the Navaho will help you round them up and load them into your trailers.

  • susanmeanslily

    The Navaho feral horses haven’t been given any toxic substances. They will produce safe, affordable food and it will do the service of getting them off land they’re destroying. Horses don’t get “butchered alive”, at least not in US plants. Rounding these unwanted horses up and hauling them to an in-state packing plant is a win/win for the horses and the Navaho’s. The horses will go to the pasture with endless grass and water over the rainbow bridge, and the Navaho’s will have some income they desperately need. I’m sure they would be happy to sell them to anyone…so I suggest you and your friends go make them an offer and take them home with you.

  • Janna Lukens

    I just LOVE that pro-slaughter drivel that claims slaughtering horses is “good” for horses! Couldn’t believe it the first time I heard Sue Wallis say, “It’s good for people. It’s good for horses!”.

    So these Navaho horses are not “feral” but “wild” horses? Well THAT’S a whole ‘nother can of worms, then isn’t it.

    Not butchered alive? Oh my. You are so vocal about wanting horseslaughter, I assumed you knew how horses are killed. Go do some research, watch some videos and get back to me when you know what you’re talking about..

  • Janna Lukens

    Susanmeangirl, we’ve discussed this many times before. (Sigh). First of all, when YOU expect ME to pay for YOUR horseslaughter plants with MY tax dollars, then it becomes MY business. What can’t you understand here?

    As to alternatives, do you even read everyone’s comments on all of these articles you peddle your propaganda on? We’ve analyzed the problems and offered solutions (ad nauseum) to folks who just can’t seem to grasp that horseslaughter is cruel AND unnecessary. It makes me wonder- have you ever killed your own horse and climbed inside the carcass for a photo op? Because that is how you come across.

  • Merri Mare

    Mr Dunn is oblivious to the inside of a slaughter plant. If he thinks that transporting frightened horses in crowed cattle trailers and them taking that dreadful walk to the kill floor before they a hoisted up by one back leg and getting their throat slit while still conscientious is humane, then I think he is heartless. Foals are clubbed to death while the mother is screaming as she hangs to be bled out. Horse slaughter is all about money and to say anything different is a lie. I wouldn’t expect anything but lies from people who lack empathy, compassion and morals. America is better than this and smarter than to kill an American Icon.

  • susanmeanslily

    Janna…what are you, a high school girl? My tax dollars will be well spent on horse slaughter plants. It will stimulate the economy by providing jobs, getting rid of animals no one wants and provide more feed for the animals their owners want to keep…plus put some money in their pockets to better care for wanted animals. What solution are YOU offering to the Navaho People and their feral horses? Have you offered to buy even one of them? BTW I have killed my own horses. I’ve also killed other peoples horses as a favor to them. I’ve never done a photo op about it. You are such an immature little girl. Let the grown up’s decide what to do, since you don’t seem to be one.

  • susanmeanslily

    Since I have experience in killing animals, I know how it is done and why it is done. You are emotionally driven and lack logic on this subject. It blinds you from seeing any perspective other than your own. Perhaps you should tour a livestock processing plant to see where your food comes from.

  • horsehasnosoul

    Do You Want Fries With That? :-)

  • LynIL

    So if the Navajo have so many feral horses why are they letting them breed? Seems to me they made there own mess and want others to clean it up for them. That’s not how I thought the Native American’s felt about things. They have their own government and police so why don’t they take care of their own over populations of horses? This might all be a moot point today if the EU starts to enforce their rules since no US horses will be accepted in any EU accredited plants. We have to wait and see.

  • LynIL

    IF the Navajos were going to send their horses to slaughter they could have already done it. They are just being used by pro-slaughter.

  • LynIL

    Oh Please!!! I’m going to be sick! Stimulate the economy, provide jobs, get rid of unwanted animals. Yeah right. Blah, blah blah. Its only for the over breeders to cull their herds. They have the option to do it now and still there is neglect and abuse. Oh please!

  • Janna Lukens

    You are CORRECT! Of course I’m emotionally driven, susiemeangirl. But, it would take someone with the capability of empathy to be able to understand. I’m not blind to other perspectives. It’s just that you are wrong.

    Ahhh. You assume I eat meat. Remember our discussion about human teeth??? I guess you missed that I’m a vegetarian.

  • Janna Lukens

    Thank you! I DO try to stay “young at heart”. You are ever so wrong about horse slaughter stimulating the economy and about those so-called jobs. In fact, if you want to talk jobs, there are more jobs created by live horses than dead ones. Here are just a few:

    Equine Insurance Agent
    Equine Extension Service Agent
    Horse Jockey
    Jockey Valet
    Racetrack Manager
    Riding Instructor
    Horse Trainer
    Groom
    Equine Chiropractor
    Equine Massage Therapist
    Equine Physical Therapist
    Breeding Stable Manager
    Equine Trailer Salesman
    Equine Farm Equipment Dealer
    Equine Veterinary Technician
    Farrier
    Equine Nutritionist
    Bloodstock Agent
    Horse Photographer/Videographer
    Veterinarian
    Tack and Supplies Store Owner
    Equine Show Judge
    Mounted Police
    Equine Dentist
    Therapeutic Riding Instructor
    Boarding Stable Manager
    Guest Ranch Operator
    Live Horse Transportation Specialist
    Equine Appraiser
    Horse Science
    Equine Artist/Sculptor
    Animal Law
    Equine Journalist
    Horse Show Secretary
    Apparel
    Stables and Barns
    Feed and Grain Dealers
    Equine Fencing
    Geneticist
    Course Designer
    Nutraceuticals

    Breed Associations
    Horse Rescues
    Humane Societies

    Horse slaughterhouses provide a handful of unskilled, low paying, dangerous jobs for primarily immigrant workers. In the beef packing industry, it is estimated that between 80 and 90% are undocumented. At Dallas Crown in Kaufman, statistics were similar. AND at Mountain Grove, MO (where we kicked Sue Wallis’ a$$ to the curb) the Chevideco representative stated flat out that the jobs at the proposed plants would go to “Mexicans”.

    Hopefully you will find this information enlightening. :)

  • Curt

    The slaughter of horses simply cannot be made
    humane: Dr.Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA inspector, told
    Congress in 2008 that the captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not
    effective. Horses in particular, are
    very sensitive about anything coming towards their heads and cannot be
    restrained as required for effective stunning Dr. Friedlander stated, “These
    animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully
    aware they are being vivisected. The Government Accountability Office and
    dozens of veterinarians and other witnesses have confirmed that ineffective
    stunning is common and animals are conscious during slaughter. Most of the
    documented brutal animal cruelty was conducted while USDA inspectors were
    present. Most of the photos were
    actually taken by the inspectors. So
    Doing it here is no better than doing it there.

    The number of feral horses seems a little high to me. Horse advocates claim there are only 16,000
    to 20,000 left in the entire western states.
    The BLM even states there are no more than 35,000. That means 77% of all feral horses are on the
    Navajo Nations land? You probably can’t
    step outside on the Rez without the danger of being stampeded by thousands of
    horses eh? Well what has the Navajo
    Nation been doing these last 6 years. If
    this was such a problem slaughter has always been available. It never ended. Two of the plants in Mexico and One in Canada
    are run by the same people that ran Dallas Crown in Kaufman, TX, Beltex in Ft.
    Worth and Cavel In Illinois. They are
    all under the European Union standards for operation and are identical to the
    U.S. ones. So doing it here is not better
    than doing it there. All of a sudden
    this is a problem? The GAO report is
    fraudulent read this:

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2013-07-30-Press-Release–Evidence-to-Prove-GAO-report-FRAUDULENT.html?soid=1103281455502&aid=sU1k_CNTgug

  • Curt

    Susanmeangirl So what does someone living out on the plains of SD have to do with all of this? Why is it your business?

  • Curt

    More jobs are created by live horses than dead ones!

  • MARCIE

    Eloquent ~` This Travesty “Will come to an End and i suspect they will be Hanging Themselves ~One can only ~` Hope and of Course ~ We Continue to ~~Fight like HELL !

  • Curt

    Janna is my wife and she would not say this but she is a highly educated professional and rescued hundreds of animals over her lifetime. Spending thousands of dollars in the process. We do what we can.

  • Curt

    Slaughter has always been available. Kill buyers are at every auction house. If they are so hard up why didn’t they do this before?

  • Marcie Perskin

    You’re Tripping and apparently a ~~Kill Buyer
    Have you seen slaughter Vids ! Im sure it would Rock Your World . If Not ~~You have ZERO COMPASSION

  • Marcie Perskin

    Janna ~You Go Girl !

  • Marcie Perskin

    Susanmoron~`You are a Very Sick Being ~Are You Alien and possibly from Roswell ? As for killing your Horses and other peoples ~~Why dont you celebrate ~~I Toast Your Demise You do the same [use Cyanide Please ! ]
    Im NY we dont Slaughter/ We’ll make an exception for you and your followers ~No Problem !

  • Marcie Perskin

    Janna ~~You cant fix inbred Stupid ~~Fate will kick her in her smug AsS <3

  • Linda_Horn

    I live right next to the NE corner of the reservation, and have done a lot of research on this and other topics concerning the Navajo.

    I’m sure many of the tribe members own firearms. Many of the horses on the Rez are STARVING and the only kind thing is to put them down where they are.

    In 2008, at least some of the Chapter Houses took advantage of a partnership with the BIA/BLM/USDA and HSUS (PZP) for horse control and a program to develop at-risk youth as horse trainers. It slowed to a stop when the sequester began and the funding dried up. Be sure to thank Congress for doing that to ALL of us!

    If you reverse the BLM equation of 100% herd growth over 5 years, that would have meant far fewer horses causing problems since 2008. They may not
    have continued to receive a government stipend, but it seems to me they could
    have paid for at least SOME of the program themselves. They have a lot more money coming in than they want outsiders and their own people to know about.

    Running a large number of sheep on the Rez for decades has made a major contribution to desertification. If you go the the Navajo Times Facebook page, you’ll read comments by a number of their own people calling for livestock reduction to prevent more overgrazing. So far, I haven’t heard any of their leaders even mention that.

    The Navajo have the right to slaughter the horses themselves to feed their own
    people. Of course, feeding them wouldn’t put money in the pockets of those who would benefit from selling them to slaughter. Again, as someone who lives close to the Rez and reads about their corruption on the front page of our paper several times a week, few of the “common folk” will see a penny of it.

  • Shelia

    Perhaps Mr. De Los Santo can hire some of the Navajo members as armed guards to greet future Animal Rights Radicals.

  • KARMA

    WELL SAID JANNA!!!

  • ReginaK

    Susanmeanslily, There is no pride or honor that goes with killing. Just because you have killed animals doesn’t mean it is a badge of honor. You take a life, that is not to be taken lightly. People like you make me weary and someday when you are much older you too will see the death of any animal for whatever reason is a solemn and respectful thing. Those animals give their lives and deserve to die as painlessly as possible. Oh and by the way I too have had experience( probably a lot more than you) working in a slaughterhouse and growing up on a cattle farm and in time you will not be so cocky about taking the lives of these creatures. I grew up with VERY hard hearted farmers that had no problem killing an animal even if they were pets. But by the end of their lives they changed and could not stand the death of animals. So I hope you lose that pride you feel is so superior, I see no reason to slaughter horses financially, ecologically, or morally. It just doesn’t make sense unless it for pure greed, shameful.

  • ReginaK

    Are you sure your name isn’t Susan Wallis? I have known people like you and believe me the hardness wears off and then you are left with regrets. Time will be hard on you. You do not honor yourself by being proud of killing horses.

  • ReginaK

    No, but knock yourself out feasting on yummy toxins. Karma comes around to us all.

  • Curt

    SusanMeanGirl don’t assume that because you have experience in killing that we don’t too. I grew up in a hunting area. Hunting was what we did. I worked in a butcher shop and I was even a bartender at a Bureau of Indian Affairs meeting at the VFW..whoa! talk about killing Geez. Anyway I really got disgusted with it. I realized that each animals’ life is just as important to them as mine is to me. It is emotional, at least I have emotion. I don’t need to visit a slaughter plant I have seen enough videos in the last 18 months. Besides I haven;t eaten meat in months and I am so much healthier.

  • Mary Roan

    i am absolutely against this … i’m a Navajo and would gladly put in a vote for “no slaughter for horses” .. let me know where to sign !

  • Judye Michaels

    PLEASE – I BEG you!!! Go to http://www.animalsangels.org and watch the videos of horses being slaughtered when it was performed in America under the rules and regulations of the USDA and in accordance with the Humane Slaughter Act. Go to http://www.kaufmanzoning.net and see what happened when the slaughter house was open in Kaufman, TX.
    Then — if you still agree that slaughter is fine — move next to one if (God forbids!!!) it opens. You can smell it; you can hear it – even if you can’t see it!!!
    As for affordable food, it’s a very high-end food product for wealthy Europeans and Asians; it’s not feeding the world’s poor!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rtazelaar Rhonda Tazelaar

    People like you are part of the problem.Look into how a horse is slaughtered before you shoot your mouth off.

  • Morgan Griffith

    When was the last time you were on a fast moving slaughter line for horses? Oh never? Get a clue-horses are a completely different animal than cows, pigs, chickens. Horses will whip their necks around. We have skulls that have up to 12 stun attempts. Horses do indeed come around from improper stunning. Guess what? That happens with pigs and cows too. Your lack of education and lack of willingness to look at evidence that goes beyond your own belief is showing. Just because you have experience in killing animals doesn’t mean that you are everywhere in the plants and work at every plant. Even Temple Grandin the grand queen of animal killing has stated that when she is at the plants the killing is done properly but when she is not there the rules aren’t followed. Listen to her interviews as she probably designed the plant you have worked at. USDA inspectors being at the plants mean nothing, might as well just have the clock in and go have coffee for the rest of the day. There has been too much testimony and direct evidence for this to be denied.

  • Lainie

    Yeah because all those navajo sheep don’t eat anything or drink any water

  • HorseLover

    put them down in a humane way-there is no such thing as HUMANE murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I pray to God someone does more than just try to burn this plant down!

  • HorseLover

    not all of us eat meat! there is no humane to slaughter ANYTHING

  • savinghorses2

    So first without the local authorities making an formal indication that this was an activist at all he is busy slandering and libeling anyone who is against horse slaughter. Meanwhile back at the ranch the nutty Indians are still driving for blood money-keep in mind the Federal Government GIVES them money to care for these horses and they are being starved by the tribal nation. Many Nations are AGAINST horse slaughter and blood money is not wanted. They are backing the people who are fighting against horse slaughter and I am backing them. I am proud other Nations have spoken AGAINST this trade, and I am certain if you ask many of the people in Navajo nation would say they don’t condone it either. As for the push to slaughter their handful of problem horses should have been dealt with over the past 7 years and now, to be stating they need the plant to open to deal with this, for as long were talking several years they have stated that these horses were dying then they would already be dead. They only live so long in that condition. As for the time meanwhile they would have to made a plan to cull and destroy the horses that were in bad condition, then round up and geld all the stallions not worthy of breeding, then each year after they should have rounded up the young and any males be gelded. That’s their responsibility to take care of these animals, as a taxpayer I don’t see any reason for opening a plant for this tribe to make a thousands off these horses while we actually end up paying for the processing and gain nothing, in the mean while, they should also have to sign a document stating that if they accepting government monies to care for the herd they have continue to cull and geld until they have no more viable breeding animals except as chosen to remain so. So they are worried about the horrors these horses will go through, lets look at the statement that these horses are starving to death and please read where they say they are EATING ALL THE PLANTS and DRINKING all the water. So are they starving to death or eating everything which indicates the opposite? This is a sad little tale from a once very proud Nation to take on the under belly of the horse industry as friends. We think that if there was an immediate need a year ago or two years ago, I keep going back in articles they would have seen to it the animals were put down or slaughtered if they wished and NOT forced them to endure years of hardship-that my friends is on their heads, and it is an animal welfare legal issue. Other tribes whether strapped for resources during drought, and conserving cash flow still managed large herds and even have sought help with their feral horses.. And if these ARE feral horses which are domestic animals turned loose to the wild, why did you turn them loose?

  • savinghorses2

    As for the fire, I think we all are very certain that no one broke into the plant to light the one thing they needed to replace or repair. In fact-no one did anything-cause all the news headlines stated they had armed private security, cameras, and family watching the plant, and guard dogs on the sign in the picture of the chain link fence-so really? A passerby in the car saw a flame from a distance on the road across the sand under steps on the other side of a chain link fence? But didn’t see a personally obviously carrying a can of some accelerant very heavy im sure out in broad daylight? Eh?

  • savinghorses2

    Gosh SUey your back in the saddle lets flame farts for pro-slaughter again! You go girl! So the Navaho have starving horses that are eating all the grass and drinking all the water. So pray tell how are they starving if they are eating and drinking the entire reservation????? well while you are out in the middle of nowhere again have you read the latest the GAO report is factual lies, yes! John Holland has documents to prove it! Actual lies, want to read the article on how its all lies? You love proof go to the blog Straight from the Horses Heart and look up the blog on the fraudulent Gao report, good evidence its a fraud! And for sure Sue keep in mind the have many plants on the reservation that are barbituates, herbal plants that affect people on medications, with health conditions and are so pure and potent, they have carcinogenic plants bute in its purest form-so please read your herbal and plant life botanist books from front to back, as well the FDA doesn’t approve many herbal items for this very reason. So no you are wrong, and before you start spewing I am a liar and a botanist comes into the conversation and makes your head spin with facts, just look for the facts your self.

  • savinghorses2

    Sue we would but we have already been in the DeKalb plant rescuing stolen stock and my grandfather witnessed horses wakening during the cutting process, we live in DeKalb area and we know first hand the horror show= no you have not been in any plant that kills horses or you wouldn’t be so glory glory on it. The things we know would turn the hairs on your head on end. I am so sick of those who have NEVER been in the plant, never seen the mounds of parts, never seen the blood trails, and body parts on the side of the road boasting about humane slaughter

  • savinghorses2

    They are receiving money from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to feed and maintain the herd, they just care for the horses they want to- this was a planned herd explosion they get paid by the Federal Government to feed thousands of horses, then prior to slaughter closing they shipped those horses and made profits, so they made money from the government, then from slaughter, then they selected the ones to keep and maintain only them. So this was an explosion just to make slaughter happen again. Make no mistake this was no error, they were raking in the bucks and they want it back.

  • savinghorses2

    Thank you for the blatant honesty! Much appreciated.

  • savinghorses2

    Curt, loving you! Keep the facts up!

  • savinghorses2

    Thanks to you- my heart is again light tonight-I knew their were really good Navajo people against this travesty. Thank you for stepping forward today, we are glad to have you on the our side! The horses thank you! Please sign on change org under animals Petition To Overturn the Legalization of the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption.

  • savinghorses2

    Hey SUe, when are taking delivery of your fair share of the over stock? I was wondering since we are equally accountable, should we deliver them to the address on your facebook, we can find it on google earth from your pics! Cant wait to bring your responsibilities to you as well! Glad your on-board!

  • savinghorses2

    High FIVE JANNA Love you! You and curt are awesome, keep it going! Your list is lookin like mine-I love this big mouth SUE, you know if they would just quit eating all the hay and oats these horses would have food, but it takes a lot of hay and oats to produce this much manure for pro-slaughter daily!

  • savinghorses2

    No they are using pro-slaughter-this is really quite the little relay-they get government money to feed the animals and then they breed for years and shipped them to US slaughter, so they made more money off their money and then they only had to keep so many fit and healthy so that was cheaper then, so when slaughter closed they just turned them loose and watched them hump like bunnies, when the herds increased/same as BLM scheme then they screamed dying horses, taking our resources, by the way sheep are the only herd animals that cut the grass so low as to prevent any regrowth at all. So they are fed additional feeds or rotated pastures so they can regrow the pasture grass. However left to their own sheep eat more in a day than a herd of horses can consume in 3/4 days. So by far the real destroyer of grass. Anyway-the scheme is to say we are overrun then the drought occurred mostly man made frackin drought but it occurred and then they thought they had it in the bag, boom! But we cried foul and let EVEN more reckless herd management happen, more births, and then told US we are responsible. That’s like a lady on public aid with 10 kids saying its our fault she has children, if we had only told her, come on after the first people have an indication whats coming next.

  • savinghorses2

    Well said!

  • savinghorses2

    Petition to Overturn the Legalization of the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption on Change org under animals please sign its on the White House radar and we have collected over 59,000 signs and we want more! Lets show them how many people can sign and say they are personally AGAINST horse slaughter! Pass this on and get it signed by all who care. I am so saddened and sickened by this, its absolutely ridiculous! Please sign today!

  • Janna Lukens

    Awww. Thank ye, Sweetie!

  • Janna Lukens

    I have an alibi! ;) It will be very interesting to see how the authorities investigate this arson. I guess we will find out if Valley Meats is just a small “family” operation after all, or if there are some Big $ powerful people behind it to hush it up. I say that if the finger remains pointed at nebulous, unidentified “animal radicals”, instead of actually solving this crime, we will have our answer. Of course, WE already know…

  • susanmeanslily

    I didn’t say I enjoyed killing, I just know it is a part of ownership of animals. Sometimes it is necessary because the animal is in pain. Sometimes it is necessary because we need to eat and that is the purpose they are raised. Sometimes it is because there is only a certain amount of food to go around and you choose the ones that will live and the ones that won’t. That is what is happening on the Navaho Reservation and that is what is happening all across the western states. There are too many horses, they live for 25 years or more, their food is in short supply and the people who have common sense know that some are going to have to die. Dying is a part of life. It’s important that the animals under our care have a good life and a death as painless as possible. Those horses on the reservation need their numbers cut back so the ones chosen by their owners to live can have enough to eat. To waste the meat when there are people who are hungry doesn’t make any sense. The income from selling the horses to the packers can help take care of the horses they have chosen to keep, as well as make money for the Navaho people for their other necessities. I believe in animal welfare, which sometimes means the animal’s life need to end.

  • susanmeanslily

    I don’t have a problem with people choosing to not eat meat. I have a serious problem with those people trying to tell me I can’t eat meat. I have raised animals for meat, and I have hunted for meat and I know where my food comes from and respect the animals that provide it.

  • susanmeanslily

    Curt…your wife doesn’t come across the way you think of her. I’m glad to see you so loyal and I hope you and your wife are able to continue to rescue as many as you can. I’ve helped when I could, too. Sometimes that help has been a bullet to put an animal out of pain. I’ve seen too many emotionally driven people keep animals alive for their own sake.

  • susanmeanslily

    I’m sure the Navaho horses will need the horse rescues and the humane societies help. Those other businesses don’t apply to those horses.

  • susanmeanslily

    I live close to a reservation that has too many horses. I see some of their horses at local sales and have seen others so skinny a hard wind would blow them over. this is a national problem.

  • susanmeanslily

    The post said some have been sent to slaughter already. They ended up in Mexico.

  • susanmeanslily

    I would go to the reservation and provide my services to shoot and butch the horses and take the meat to food banks. I don’t like to see hungry horses or hungry people and there are both in his country.

  • savinghorses2

    Hey sue you and sue walrus are two of a kind still trying to kill poor people. Is that how you reduce link cards you kill the people off with horsemeat and reduce the deficit? Your sick. Im still gonna bring you your share of the overage.

  • savinghorses2

    Your stupid to say every horse there is worthless. You havent got half an eye that most people have for horses.

  • savinghorses2

    I think roswell will be known as deadwell. I keep hoping the aliens take him and Dunne home but i think they got dumped here for doing this on their planet. See them aliens are advanced intelligence they dumped prehistoric men with clubs here! Maybe marvin the martin will take them. Gotta laugh for a minute to keep sane. He can take douchbag and walrus with them!

  • susanmeanslily

    The supposed “fraud” of the GAO report is a classic case of Confirmation Bias.

  • savinghorses2

    Wow horses live that long, where did you hit your head thst hard to think people dont know that? Horses should be euthanized by needle, buried, disposed of but not consumed. We have cattle, vegetables, poultry, fruit, pork, veal, and fish and many other options so its not as though we need it to survive, this is just another excuse.

  • susanmeanslily

    They want to have the horses slaughtered in US processing plants instead of going to Mexico. I’m sure they could use the income from their sale. This is how they are choosing to deal with the unwanted horses they own. You can choose to do what you want with your own horses. The EU are finding out that horse passports aren’t as reliable as testing the meat for residues.

  • susanmeanslily

    You have a personal belief that horse meat shouldn’t be consumed. I don’t share that belief and neither do the people that own the horses on the Navaho reservation.

  • susanmeanslily

    I know how horses act…or should I say, “re-act”. The people running the slaughter plants need to know how to handle horses, and part of the USDA’s job is training them. People who care about life having a “good end” are essential in the running of a slaughter plant. Temple Grandin recommends third party video monitoring. I think that is a good idea to keep people on their best behavior. I don’t think slaughter is the right answer for all unwanted horses. I think many could be re-homed or kept in their current home if help is provided.

  • susanmeanslily

    I haven’t been in a plant that kills horses. I do know that a lot of the horrors that is written about what went on there were either isolated incidents or exaggerated to cause emotional distress in susceptible people. I do know that leftover animal carcasses need to be dealt with. I’m assuming they will be rendered. I haven’t heard how Valley Meats will be disposing theirs, but there are much tighter regulations than there used to be.

  • susanmeanslily

    I care that animals are well treated while alive. I care that they are killed quickly and as painlessly as possible. I care that meat is tested for safety before fed to people. All of those things have been addressed by the USDA.

  • susanmeanslily

    Curt, the problems in the past can’t be undone, but they can be prevented from happening again. That is why the processing should be on US soil in a US owned plant under US regulations. Horses are going to continue going to slaughter. At least if it happens on our soil we can make and enforce regulations.

  • susanmeanslily

    A horse is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. I’m guessing the unwanted Navaho horses are worth a $200 average, so I wouldn’t say they are completely worthless. The person that owns a horse can then choose to have a professional photographer take photos and hire a groom, trainer and farrier and pay the vet bills. No matter how much money you put into a horse, it is only worth(value) what a person is willing to pay for it. I’ve had horses that I considered invaluable because of what they meant to me emotionally. A horse can be priceless to the person that loves it.

  • WHOANM

    The Real Story is here- PR Campaign – State of New Mexico Targets Tribal/Placitas Horses http://whoanm.org/wordpress/?p=204

  • WHOANM

    How did a horse loving traditional tribe turn Pro-Slaughter? True Story Here,
    State of New Mexico Targets Tribal and Placitas Horses http://whoanm.org/wordpress/?p=204

  • Janna Lukens

    Thank you. Everyone should read this.

  • savinghorses2

    Yes to save money on their transport. Oh by the way know much i am like everyone else i think you are eithe a ghost name for sue wallis or killer buyer. Reason cause you keep siding with slaughter spewing garbage. We saw the truth in person at dekalb, no it wasnt humane, regardless you camt rove what me and LynnIL know to be truth. The smaller the plant, tighter the money, the less expirience thay have tgeore abuse they endure. I read your facebook you went to horseauctions where horses were twenty a piece but on here you want 200 for every horse. We want to shut it down, have people possessing these horses they didnt want put in jail, then the horses will be available at no cost to be rescued. The tribe just needs to quit inflating numbers, i keep looking over all their press releases and the herd jumped up 40,000 in a 6 month period really? They dont remember their lies any more than u recall yours. Read your past conversations on disqus you keep upgrading them to sound superior. Sue either way this is the sickest thing you could choose to support.

  • WHOANM

    Click in the article itself to make the print bigger :). This story is also a push by the state’s “Task Force” and it’s invitees to make everyone OK with “area euthanasia” on the Placitas Wild horses.

  • Nickolas

    This is very disappointing. The true native beliefs are long gone. A true Navajo would advocate for the reintroduction of wolves and other wildlife to naturally maintain land and grazing populations of herds. duh We need ecosystems!

  • 123tl78

    Sounds like greed has trumped the “horse is sacred motto.” Don’t over breed a horse if you are not planning on doing right by it. Sad for the horses and the fact that the beliefs, so valued by many people about the Native Americans connection and appreciation for nature and animals has gone by the way side and greed has won. These horses deserve better from all of us. They can be fed by people who would be more than willing to help and they can be re-homed. Something very wrong with this whole picture. Again. The long-lived horses who would do anything for you deserve better. Sadly a gigantic wake-up call not to over breed any animal if you actually care about what happens to them, especially when times get tough.

  • RKM1954

    An option is to let the horses starve, as many are now.

  • Larissa Kiyaanii

    horses killed in a slaughterhouse is by far not anymore humane than the natural death–cycle of life. I do not believe the building of a slaughter house and removal of the horses is in effort for the land. Greed,& ignorance with companies and individuals usually have an alternative agenda.

  • SonShine Ranch

    As a professional horse trainer of 45 years I can assure you that you need to study your history regarding horses. You are greed driven and this is the worst of all motivations – There is nothing humane about horse slaughter – It was people like you who helped with the holocaust and would probably slaughter humans given the chance. So take your killing experience elsewhere – Also, as a Vietnam vet I have experience killing as well and anyone who boast about killing is as low as low can get.

  • pesposito

    They did not breed these horses. People have been dumping unwanted horses on the reservations for ages. That is the problem. The Navajo didn’t cause this influx of feral horses on their land.

  • Diogenes22

    Good post! Only thing is, she knows what she is talking about. It is pure propaganda put into her mouth by the scumbag and her buddies who love to terrorize and kill horses for profit.

  • Diogenes22

    Oh, Bull Pukie. “If slaugterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians!”

  • Diogenes22

    Sure does change your opinion of the sacred relationship between the Native Americans and the Horse, doesn’t it?

  • Diogenes22

    But slaughtering horses is okay!

  • Diogenes22

    It is not a personal belief, it is a personal knowing. You are reciting tripe. It is bad enough to kill to eat, but to not know that to eat a horse is to desecrate yourself and to betray a sacred animal is a sign of immaturity, ignorance, stupidity, or worse.

  • Diogenes22

    Why do you insist that horses should be slaughtered? What is your motivation? What other possibilities exist? If it were true that we are overrun with horses, which we are not, what about spending monies otherwise used by tax payers to inspect horse slaughter for rescues and euthanization? Why do you insist on slaughter? Who, what and where did you get all this misinformation? What is your source? Most people freak at killing. Only those who get pleasure out of torture, pain and death take such an approach. How did you get to be like your are?

  • Diogenes22

    You don’t care about s__t! If those things were so carefully inspected and caught by the USDA, Youtube would not be full of atrocious cruelty and brutality.

  • Diogenes22

    Indeed! Sheep are notorious for ruining the land – they pull up the grasses by the roots. One wonders if all this stuff about the Navajos comes out of the mouths of a renegade.

  • Diogenes22

    Better read John Holland’s debunking, Missy. And, oh, by the way, that reference to the GAO report certainly tells us exactly who you are and answers all our previous questions.

  • Diogenes22

    Janna, you are one superb person. Thank you.

  • Mae Lee Sun

    Please do not let this go the way of what is happening in Australia. It is horrific that thousands of wild brumbys (our equivalent of mustangs) are being culled en masse through aerial shooting and roundups, left for dead or taken to slaughter and sold for meat, in addition to the racing industry off casts; stud farm off casts and horse owner /pony club off casts going to slaughter. As an American living here, it was good to have the precedent of ‘no slaughter’ in America but this new development has global ramifications. Fertility control has been around for ages and groups like Return to Freedom are actively working with PZP as well as some countries in Europe with the Ex-moor ponies. It is the only humane and sustainable approach to population control. More information can be had from The Science and Conservation Center in Billings, MT- Jay Kirkpatrick is the world expert on this and one of our Australian brumby groups just returned from a visit to the States to explore more. And, a new book is out on the Australian Brumby if anyone wants to learn more. http://australianbrumy.com.au and at wildhorsejournal.com

  • Diogenes22

    You use bullets along with lies and BS? Ever hear of phenabarbitol?

  • Diogenes22

    Oh, please. You just want to slaughter horses and poison the poor. It’s all part of your lust to kill

  • Diogenes22

    Where did you ever get the insane idea portrayed by your avatar? You are in for a rude awakening when you pass – that is if you are allowed to see anything enlightening.

  • Diogenes22

    Are you trying to say that De Los Santos ex-employer of Tim Sappington, slayer of Justice, will slaughter horses humanely? Oh that’s right. We have already established that you will say anything to support your love for horse slaughter and the feeding of the starving masses.

  • Diogenes22

    New Mexico has had hunting contests for some time to kill off all their predators. Now they are overrun with prey animals like pigs and prairie dogs. This Navajo horse story sounds all too true. NM has become a place abandoned by reality and ecology.

    Perhaps the outcome of this battle will help to bring balance and reason back to an area in chaos. Maybe the new foundation will bring birth control to the horses and realignment of the Navajo with their heritage. And possibly the slaughter freaks will go back in the holes in their souls and find compassion and empathy or perish along with their hatred.

  • Diogenes22

    Although, I must add, the numbers sound totally out of whack. If the horses are deliberately being bred then perhaps not so badly, but out of whack nevertheless.

  • Diogenes22

    Sounds like the BLM and us horse advocates in US.

    Brumby
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    For other uses, see Brumby (disambiguation).BrumbyCountry of originAustraliaHorse (Equus ferus caballus)

    A Brumby is a free-roaming feral horse in Australia. Although found in many areas around the country, the best-known brumbies are found in the Australian Alps region in south-eastern Australia. Today, most of them are found in the Northern Territory, with the second largest population in Queensland. A group of Brumbies is known as a “mob” or “band”.

    Brumbies are the descendants of escaped or lost horses, dating back in some cases to those belonging to the early European settlers, including the “Capers” from South Africa, Timor Ponies from Indonesia, British pony and draught horse breeds, and a significant number of Thoroughbreds and Arabians.

    Today they live in many places, including some National Parks. Occasionally they are mustered and domesticated for use ascampdrafters, working stock horses on farms or stations, but also as trail horses, show horses, Pony Club mounts and pleasure horses.[1] They are the subject of some controversy—regarded as a pest and threat to native ecosystems by environmentalists and the government,[2][3] but also valued by others as part of Australia’s heritage, with supporters working to prevent inhumane treatment or extermination, and rehoming Brumbies who have been captured.[4]

  • LynnIL

    Susanmeanslily above you said some good things. I agree that if they must open then they had better put some of Temple’s suggestions in. But will they???? So far no one from any of these plants have said that they would put up cameras. Again time is money and they might start out doing things right but for how long with they stay with it? All of a sudden cameras go dead and horses are butchered alive. These places have uncaring people working for them and all their hate will be taken out on the horses. Its better now to let them open then try to close them down. It took years and years to get Cavel shut down. They should not be allowed to open.

  • LynnIL

    I have a file of over 900 photos taken by the Feds for court action. If you like I can forward them to you.

  • LynnIL

    A lot of the push for getting rid of the wild horses is to open up the public lands for this environmental destroying processes. They are not land friendly.

  • KatGL

    WOW!! go on ahead and slander the Tribes, that’s what is needed is alienation from the AR groups. LOL makes my heart soar like an eagle!!

  • Lonnie S.

    Maybe the Navajo need to consider a plant on tribal land? Would there be less government interference?

  • Anna P

    It was just released, that yet again the GOA has been caught telling lies, the latest GAO 11-228 report, of which reintroduction of horse slaughter was based and justified, is fraudulent.

    -NEPA needs to be done, as horse slaughterhouses have devastated communities environmentally
    -80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter
    -Given that it is not only wild horses that will be slaughter, the flesh of American horses is adulterated, given all the toxic substances given to them
    -Congress will likely pass the Ag Appropriations bill with the prohibition on USDA inspections of horse meat
    -Obama’s budget will likely pass with same.

    The active closing off of water sources in order to kill off wild groups for cattle grazing and or justification for “humane slaughter”, such is happening in most of the public lands is unconscionable and hopefully there will be legal vehicle to prosecute people for such abuses.

    Horse slaughter is a profit seeking industry, that has nothing what so ever to do with anything but profit.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/fraudulent-reporting-may-have-prompted-lift-of-ban-on-horse-slaughter-the-u-s-or
    just google and numerous releases will appear

  • Monica V Lucas

    I would hate to be a species that is held “sacred” by hypocrites.

  • lyn522

    The Navajos are nothing more than SAVAGES!!! Over-populated horses as well as DOGS and CATS on the reservation that they DO NOT TAKE CARE OF..No spay or Neuter means THOUSANDS of kittens and puppys!!! Just go to Shiprock and see what I mean! I refuse to pass thru there because there are so many stray dogs and cats just trying to survive there!!! THE PROBLEM IS PEOPLE NOT THE PRECIOUS ANIMALS!!! This Mexican owner of the slaughter plant and china and ALL the places that eat this meat are SICK PEOPLE!!!! Making a living this way is VIAL!!!! Whats next??? eatting people??????????? GOD SAVE THE ANIAMLS PLEASE

  • lyn522

    When will crazy people like you learn we do not have to eat animals??????? meatless product are good and it would end the torture and sufferinf of all animals

  • lyn522

    yep ,,just like they don’t take care of their dogs and cats…SAVAGES

  • lyn522

    Geez so lets eat people to okay!!!! SICK YOU ARE

  • susanmeanslily

    I have attended many horse auctions over the years. I have seen the numbers of loose horses increase dramatically. They are much thinner than they used to be, which tells me they aren’t getting enough to eat. The yearlings are the size of weanlings, so they haven’t had enough to eat for a long enough time that their growth has been stunted. No one but the kill buyers are bidding on them. Yearlings are bringing from $10-$50 each, depending on their size/condition. You can’t raise a horse to be a yearling for $50 a month, so the sellers are losing a lot of money on them. I wish you would go to those auctions with a big trailer and take them home with you. I would rather they went to slaughter than continue to not have enough to eat.

  • susanmeanslily

    Temple Grandin says that it would be better for the horses to be slaughtered in the US than have them go to Mexico. I agree. I’m seeing horses not getting enough to eat. I would rather a (relatively) quick end than continued neglect.

  • susanmeanslily

    I’ve never killed a human being, and wouldn’t unless it was to keep from being killed or to protect others. When I have killed animals, it has always been for a reason, also, usually to end a life filled with pain. To compare that with the holocaust is unreal. You are really a sicko.

  • susanmeanslily

    Most livestock animals are raised to provide meat, as well as other products such as leather and bone meal for fertilizer. Their manure is used to fertilize, too. I don’t have a problem with someone who has chosen to be a vegan or vegetarian. I have chosen to continue to eat meat, I’m actually allergic to soy. I believe animals should have a good life, and a quick death. I care enough about my pets to put them down myself when they are in pain and no longer enjoying life, that includes my horses. I don’t enjoy killing, but I know that times it is necessary. Horses that are going to slaughter are horses no one else wants. I would rather see them die at a slaughterhouse than a slow death of neglect.

  • susanmeanslily

    I’m not Sue Wallis and I’m not, nor have I ever been, a slaughter horse buyer. A sale I went to in Rushville NE on June 5th, yearling horses were selling for $10-$50 each, depending on their size and shape, and up to 25 cents (per pound) for fat fully grown horses over 1000 pounds. If there is a home for every unwanted horse, I will be behind an end to slaughter. In the meantime there are too many horses with not enough to eat, so I am pro-slaughter, for the horses sake.

  • susanmeanslily

    I don’t think they are “letting the horses breed”, I think the horses have been doing it all on their own for generations. The reservation covers millions of acres. They weren’t seen as a problem until the severe drought and the horse numbers have kept increasing to the point where they have to deal with it. SHOULD they have done something before now?? Yes….but they didn’t. They need to deal with it now, and they would rather the horses were sent to US plants than Mexican plants.

  • susanmeanslily

    I would love to see you try to stick a needle in the neck of one of those feral horses!

  • susanmeanslily

    What is YOUR answer to the feral horses on the Navajo reservation? They need off the land, because there isn’t enough food and water to support them. What do you think should be done with them?

  • susanmeanslily

    Most of the people commenting here seem to be against the feral horses on the Navajo Reservation going to slaughter, either in New Mexico or in Mexico. What do you think should be done with them? They need to be removed, so they will need to go somewhere. They will have to be gathered and shipped. Any ideas?

  • Diogenes22

    Susanmeanslily – whatever does that mean? This article is full of posts with many suggestions for solutions and much indication that those who have caused the problems refuse to resolve them. How do you go to a group of people who are behaving irresponsibly and make them responsible? I have worn a Navajo ring on my hand since the 50s that I bought in Tucson. Until this information came out I was so pleased to tell inquirers the history and the source. Today, I want to take it off and hide it away. I will one more time suggest solutions. As to the dogs and cats, open spay and neuter clinics and sterilize. Work with them and see that they all are fed and cared for. Count and establish the true numbers of horses on the Navajo lands. Geld all but the best of the stallions. Dart the mares at least every other year. Haul water and repair wells and water holes. Sell off all the sheep to help pay for these costs and in order to restore the grasses. Encourage those elders who remember the sacred rituals and bring the youth back into the traditions which include respect for the horse and its spirit. Train the youth to tame many of these horses for use and eventual sale. Turn to foundations and government for help. Pass the SAFE ACT so the kill buyers cease to stop on their travel to Mexico Slaughter to dump those horses that will not sell there. Petition the government to provide funds. There are many people who are against slaughter and for restoration who would help financially if this were organized and publicized. Stop the killing of what is left of the predators and restore them including the wolves. Educate everyone. Bring compassion, common sense, dignity, and love back to NM.

  • susanmeanslily

    You think they should sell their sheep? That is their income! Are YOU planning on paying for the geld/darting program you discuss? Are you willing to haul the water? Pay for and haul the hay? Corral them to get them off land they need for income producing livestock? Are you willing to mentor the youth in training these horses? Are you willing to write up the government grants? You want to re-introduce wolves in a country where the people’s income is sheep? Wolves seldom hunt horses…they love sheep, however! The fact is, these people want these horses gone! …and since they have been eating up their grasses, they want some money to compensate. You talk about common sense? It makes sense for them to sell the horses. There is no dignity for those horses to die of starvation or dehydration.

  • susanmeanslily

    Larissa…you’ve never seen horse that haven’t had enough to eat where horses chew on anything..other horses manes and tails as well as corral fences and trees…anything to put something into their bellies. When they haven’t had enough to drink and when it is provided they drink too much too fast and their stomach explodes. I’ve helped to rescue horses in these conditions. They often can’t come back from it because their stomachs have become ulcerated. US slaughter plants will give a quick end for horses not wanted for any other purpose. No one “makes money” selling horses for slaughter…it is at best a very small recovery of costs. They do save money by not feeding the horse anymore.

  • lyn522

    These poor horses are STARVING because the Navajos Didn’t take of them to begin with!!!! Just like their dogs and cats…They get these animals and don’t SPAY or NEUTER let them run everywhere!!! SAD beyond SAD!!!!!! BLAME is totally on these savage NAVAJOS

  • lyn522

    yeah the Navajos animals DO BECOME OUR PROBLEM and CONCERN!!!! Not only are are all stray horses their fault, take a look at all the dogs and cats they don’t care for either!!! MAKES ME SICK

  • lyn522

    Your nothing more than a cold-hearted person!!! Blame starts with PEOPLE ,,NOT ANIMALS..They suffer because of BAD ROTTEN OWNERS……

  • lyn522

    I would rather live on the streets than call slaughtering aniamls my JOB!!!!!! No better than CLUBBING THE POOR SEALS IN CANADA….Excuses excuses!!!

  • lyn522

    Yeah like you have any love in your heart..REALLY?????????

  • lyn522

    I try to Curt..Nice to see kind hearted people on here

  • lyn522

    right on..This cold-hearted lady will NEVER understand COMPASSION

  • lyn522

    B-O-L-O_G-N-A
    Defend them all you want ITS NOT TRUE””
    Look at their dogs and cats that they don’t SPAY or NEUETER!!! They are savages and it makes me sick

  • lyn522

    Bet your happy….makes me sick and YOUR part of the problem

  • lyn522

    Gosh you make me so angry that you have NO HEART

  • lyn522

    Let us all hope the real slaughter should be the people on the res who didn’t take care of these horses and dogs and cats……Blame them!!!

  • lyn522

    Make the OWNERS RESPONSIBLE!!!!! No different than dogs and cats that these INDIANS DON’T CARE FOR

  • lyn522

    Blame the people for the way they DIDN’T care for their animals whether a horse dog cat etc…I have seen the Navajos and they treat ANY animals like dirt

  • pesposito

    First of all, I wasn’t defending them, I was stating a fact, which is what I deal in. That is a very racist statement to call them savages, which they are not. They have a problem that they need to deal with, and nobody is stepping up to pick up these stray horses and take them home with them to provide them forever homes. I haven’t said my opinion on any this, just the facts. So don’t lump me in with anybody. There are lots of people that don’t neuter their animals that are white, black, brown, yellow and red and it doesn’t make much difference. It’s called responsibility. Some people don’t care and some people don’t have the money and really shouldn’t have animals, but they do. doesn’t make anyone savages.

  • lyn522

    They are the problem..Ever go thru Shiprock????? take a look at ALL the poor dogs EVERYWHERE!! breaks my heart..And yes they are savages….I see what I see and hear what I hear…..So many people want to kill and kill to solve a problem that THEY MADE

  • Diogenes22

    http://chn.ge/13gtysJ 160,000+ people disagree with you. Cruelty in factory farms and slaughterhouses is renowned not exaggerated and Big Ag, with the same attitude as you but more it is likely to protect, will do anything to cover the brutality up.

  • Diogenes22
  • LynnIL

    I would rather not see them go to slaughter at all. Horse slaughter is not a quick end. They continue to be abused and suffer from the moment they get to the auction. Just look at the reports of horses eyes being knocked out, horses being whipped and not food or water from a very long time. No sending a horse to slaugther is not a quick end. A bullet to the head or a quick shot by a vet so they can die in the arms of its owner is so much better.

  • crookedstick

    I just read another article where the Navajo said there are 75,000 horses on the Navajo Rez. Either someone is not counting correctly or those horses really do breed like rabbits.

  • Tay Francis

    THIS IS INSANE! HORSES ARE INNOCENT WHY DO U GTA HURT THEM LIKE THIS? YOU GO DIES FROM THIRST AND DRINK MUD WATER AND WELL SEND YOU TO GET SLAUGHTERED YOU HEARTLESS ASSWADE! WHO WERE U RAISED BY TO UNDERSTAND HORSES ARE A HUGE PART OF THE NAVAJO TRADITION!! ITS SICKENING TO THINK U EVEN REPRESENT US NAVAJO PEOPLE? U SACK OF SHIT! AND ANYONE TO AGREE WIT THIS HEARTLESS ASS YOU ARE CRAZY! UNTIL U OWN HORSES AND SEE HOW MUCH LOVE U GAIN FOR THEM ULL UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS SOME PEOPLE AGAINST THIS WHOLE THING!!!!!!!

  • Alice

    Horses are not people and they are not “sacred,” whatever on earth that means. Horses, like cows, sheep, and pigs, are livestock. They’re perfectly edible. Susanmeanslily, it’s nice to read comments with a lick of sense.

  • gomurr

    The horses in question are “feral”, meaning wild horses. Huge herds of wild horses are found in the west. I am personally against their slaughter, but am aware that in spite of periodic roundups where they are then available to the public for “adoption” and feeding programs, during times of drought, many are in danger of starving. We face the same problem with our herds in NV. I can understand those on the reservation being concerned about being able to provide for their domestic livestock first. Wild herds do need to be controlled, with the sick and weak weeded out. The western US has vast tracts of uninhabited land where many wild herds could be relocated. I’m terribly afraid that once the slaughter is allowed to happen, these beautiful, wild herds will be decimated and something so iconic to the west will be lost forever.

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