Target: Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
Goal: Prevent the round-up of wild horses in the U.S. Southwest to be be taken to slaughter.
Wild horses have been getting rounded up and carted off to slaughterhouses in Mexico by the Navajo agriculture department. Grazing by wild horses through the desert reservations of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado has left a scarcity of vegetation for the outside livestock raised by the local Navajo people.
The sovereign nation’s president is now eyeing an agreement that would determine the amount of wild horses in the area before identifying a way to keep them in check by possibly using methods of birth control, but he is waiting for more input from “grassroots organizations” before he makes a final decision. Help urge President Russell Begaye to save the thousands of wild horses being murdered every year and preserve these majestic animal’s place on Native American reservations.
The draft agreement that is being reviewed was would provide funds and expertise to the Navajo Nation to halt the reservation roundups that have sent thousands of wild horses to slaughterhouses. It was made by the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife established by actor Robert Redfordstill and now former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, which he founded before his term ended in 2011.
This issue has divided a tribe that both relies on free-range cattle, but has also historically and deeply revered horses for centuries. The only answer that serves everyone equally is to maintain and preserve these wild horses the same way they have preserved their outdoor livestock.
Dear Navajo President Russell Begaye,
I am very concerned about the welfare of the wild horses that roam the Navajo reservations. Right now, thousands of horses each year are being rounded into trucks and delivered to slaughter in Mexico. These majestic creatures have resided here for as long as your native Navajo people, if not longer. Therefore it is unfair to cast them off to slaughterhouses solely because they are eating the vegetation used for your artificially located livestock.
Recently former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has taken part in drafting an agreement that would document the number of horses living on your land before then using the information to find a more humane solution to both the horses and the livestock’s survival.
I’m aware that you have since taken a look at this agreement and are now awaiting the input of other ranchers and grassroots organizations to hear their opinion. As a supporter and member of the ForceChange grassroots organization, I strongly support this agreement and urge you to set it into motion as soon as possible. It will not only protect these majestic creatures that share your reservation, but will also set an impactful example for the entirety of Native Americans that continue to slaughter their wildlife.
Your elders have an ancient tribal saying that translates to English as, “Our horses are sacred.” I challenge you to follow the wisdom of your elders and carry this reverence down to the rest of your tribe and your land.
[Your Name Here]
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