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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: eXtensionHorses