Permanently Shut Down Horse “Death Camp”

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Target: Havasupai Indian Reservation Tribal Chairman, Don Watahomigie

Goal: Permanently bar the person responsible for the cruel neglect of horses on the Havasupai Indian Reservation from having animals under his or her care.

Thanks to the recent actions of an organization known as Stop Animal Violence Now, five horses may have a chance at a better quality of life. The animals belong to a man named Leland Joe, who works in the tourism industry on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and uses the animals to transport tourists who come to view the reservation’s spectacular scenery. The horses were reportedly found on Joe’s property extremely malnourished and riddled with open sores.

Joe faces a myriad of charges regarding what appears to be the reckless and deliberate denial of medical attention which would have prevented animal suffering. Stop Animal Violence Now called Joe’s business a “death camp” and has been keeping a keen eye on the pack animal industry that the entire tribe relies so heavily upon.

The Havasupai Indian Reservation lies deep in the gorge of the Grand Canyon and its economy relies as much on tourism as it does horse labor. Lt. Scott Small reported that he had approached Joe several times concerning the horses’ condition. Small was turned away when he offered to buy the horses from Joe and pay for their medical bills.

Join us and urge officials to rule that the person responsible for these cruel business practices be barred from ever having another animal under their care.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Watahomigie,

When one’s economy relies so heavily upon the backs of pack animals, it is vital to ensure that said animals have a decent quality of life. Recently, a member of your tribe named Leland Joe allegedly subjected his horses to starvation and neglect.

Horses are precious creatures and rely on us as much as we rely upon them. This neglect was not a secret and continued for months before an outside organization finally aided in its end.

Please set an example and show others that these cruel practices will not be tolerated on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. I urge you to bar the person responsible from keeping animals under his or her care for the remainder of their life.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. Beth Knalfa says:

    Why does this individual even have horses. No respect for living creatures. To be so fortunate to own a horse and then abuse it. Pretty disgusting. Hopefully ALL animals are permanently removed.

  2. EVIL BASTARD.

  3. put this animal abuser away for good now.

  4. RALEIGH KORITZ says:

    THESE PEOPLE BELONG IN PRISON FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY, ABUSE AND NEGLECT! THESE ARE ALL FELONIES! FBI DO YOUR DAMN JOBS ALREADY, AND ARREST THESE SOB’S!

  5. Catherine Jenereaux says:

    First Nations peoples are to be one with the earth and stewards of all living beings that roam the land. The fact that a First Nations person would allow their own animals to go without care, food and shelter goes against all they stand for. The horse has a long history with humans, their spirits intertwining with ours. My grandfather was an honourary chief of the First Nations Thessalon and was in World War One. Horses were critical to the survival of the soldiers and certainly earned the respect of many. Horses have played a vast part of our history of settlers around the world. Please remove these horses from this person and educate the band and others on not only the physical reasons for caring for these majestic animals but the spiritual. Miigwetch

    • MARGARET. CORR says:

      I HAVE READ ABOUT A LOT OF ANIMAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS…DOGS, CATS,HORSES, YOU NAME IT…
      THE EXCUSE IS ALWAYS POVERTY…I DON’T BUY THIS LIE…THE CAUSE OF THE ABUSE IS CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR LIVING CREATURES AND THE NOTION THAT THEY ARE PRIVILEGED AND CAN ESCAPE JUSTICE..

  6. Debra Thaisen says:

    Leave our horses alone…

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  8. Brandy Davis says:

    Signed and shared Animals are to be protected not hurt or killed

  9. Indians claim they are one with the earth and in sync with animals. So why did this piece of garbage get away with his sick barbarity for so long? Where were the others on this reservation? Why did they not intervene? They have shown themselves to be hypocrites, no better than the white scum who mistreat animals.

    Guess what, morons? I will no longer attend your fairs, take part in any activity or sign petition any that protects YOUR rights, YOUR heritage, YOUR waterways, YOUR landmarks.

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