"The Nohooka' Dine' strongly urge the Navajo Nation agencies, US Department of Interior, US Department of Agriculture to stop the desecration and destruction of the Diné Way of Life and Spiritual Foundation by recklessly promoting and supporting the round up and mass execution of our relative, the horse."

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In Truth of Wild Horses on Native Land and Tongue

What’s all this about wild horses destroying America’s rangelands? Why are there some Native Americans, but by far not all, lobbying for horse slaughter?

The American public would be surprised, if not outraged to learn that government agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have in fact been encouraging the eradication of America’s wild horses from public lands. Within days of the preliminary injunction that stopped a New Mexico slaughter house from killing horses on U.S. soil for the first time in 7 years, surges of tribal forces have begun to shun their own four legged brothers and sisters, known as the horse – while parroting pro-slaughter lines.

The Desert Independent , Aug 12, 2013, reported the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe in Nevada intends to push wild horses from public lands onto reservation lands for the purpose of capture and sale to a slaughter. Aug 19, 2013, AP/ Daily Journal reported Navajo Rangers rounded up over 250 horses from their rangelands citing them as “feral” or otherwise in violation of grazing rights. The seized and unclaimed Navajo horses are reported to be sold, manyChief Arvol Looking Horse for transport to slaughter.

As reported in the Navajo Times , “While Navajo President Ben Shelly has publicly supported the idea of a horse slaughtering operation in Roswell, N.M…” It is obvious that his view point is notshared by tribal people like Diné Leland Grass , or tribal leaders and spiritual leaders like Chief Arvol Looking Horse [who] publicly oppose the slaughter of equines.

“When I heard about the slaughter of America’s horses it reminded me of the genocide on Indian tribes,” says Paul Rainbird, Former Lt Governor San Idelfonso Pueblo New Mexico. “For us to turn around and slaughter horses islike cutting out our own heart.” Chief Arvol Paul RainbirdLooking Horse, Lakota Nation, South Dakota speaks out, “My great grandfather was Chief Big Foot. He was massacred at Wounded Knee, 1890. I speak out today because my heart is heavy and hurting; that we still have to face the ongoing genocide, that what we hold so deeply in our heart.”

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The governmental genocide that nearly wiped out America’s indigenous people now seems to have come full circle. The U.S. government is wreaking havoc on one of man’s most treasured species, the horse, and victimizing Native Americans by attempting to coerce tribal people to do their dirty work and even take the fall.


ICE AGE HORSEPaleontological evidence shows that wild horses and burros are not “feral”, and that they evolved on the North American continent over 50,000,000 years ago. Their evolvement in North America is documented by the American Museum of Natural History . “This is their cradle, and they evolved into a virtual identical horse that was returned with the Spanish in the 1500s,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director The Cloud Foundation. “Nowhere else on the entire planet have we found fossil remains that tell the entire story of Equidi,” adds Neda DeMayo, President Return to Freedom, “…from the beginning all the way up to the Equus caballus; the current Genus Equis.


APHIS USDAThe distribution of misinformation provided to tribes by USDA APHIS began several years ago and has made an indelible mark on some tribal leaders’ viewpoints and actions. As noted by documents from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), its grass roots meetings are held in part for the purpose of getting tribes to distribute information about horse slaughter in the U.S. to their congressional delegations.

But the information about wild horses and horse slaughter provided by USDA DOI-BIA-USDAAPHIS has been grossly misrepresented to unsuspecting American tribes and the falsifications are stacked one on top of the other. For example USDA APHIS denies wild horses of their indigenous roots to North America and says that they are purportedly “feral”; and, that the so called “feral” horse population has supposedly escalated out of control; and the alleged overpopulation is due to U.S. horse slaughter plants shutting down in 2007, therefore purportedly causing the slaughter of America’s horses to end. And, that if someone wanted to sell their horse for slaughter they would supposedly have to ship their own horse all the way to Canada or Mexico, and foot the bill for transport themselves.


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Horse Slaughter in America, the Current status and the facts you need to know. Update March 2013:

NEW FEDERAL LEGISLATION Introduced for the 113th Congress
(2013 - 2014)

H.R.1094 -- Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.

S.B.541-- Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

This bipartisan legislation, if passed will protect people and horses and it would end the possibility of U.S. horse slaughter once and for all.

In the absence of federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, summer camp ponies and even wild horses taken from their native lands.

The resounding evidence of how we treat our horses inside the U.S. once they are designated as food animals is chilling. Inside the slaughter pipeline they are systematically beaten, dragged, whipped, crammed into double deck cattle trailers and hauled for days without food, water or rest, many are purposely blinded as a means to force them to succumb to defeat. Until a federal law is passed to ban the slaughter of America’s horses, they will continue to be shipped across federal borders for horsemeat which is sold as a delicacy overseas.

USDA INSPECTIONS

USDA inspections must take place on site at each U.S. slaughterhouse in order for its meat product to be legally available for interstate commerce. The ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for USDA inspections of horse slaughter, keeps foreign special interests from slaughtering our horses inside the U.S. The inclusion of the defunding language in the farm bill is therefore vital to protecting our horses from this insidious cruelty. 

The Agriculture Appropriations bill comes up every year and since 2006, has included protective language to prohibit the USDA from receiving tax payer money to inspect horse slaughter plants.  The protective language was quietly stripped from the annual appropriations bill in Nov 2011, by just three people; Senators Blunt, Kohl and Congressman Kingston. Had the bill been brought to the Senate for a full vote, it would have no doubt passed.

The 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill did not include the defunding language. The 2014 bill does include the language but has not come to a full vote yet.

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In truth, there is no guarantee of humane treatment for any animal Click to view larger banner for download inside America's slaughterhouses. Yet foreign investors and special interest groups want YOUR tax dollars to re-open horse slaughter in the US and they are using every type of trickery available to mislead YOU to do it.

Numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations show that USDA inspections fail to stop insidious abuses from taking place inside US slaughterhouses. Substantial documented evidence reveals egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. horse slaughterhouses before they were shut down in 2007. If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again.

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You can make a difference by urging your Representatives to support the ban of horse slaughter.

The phone number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121 -- just ask to be connected to your state Representative's office.

You can also find the direct contact information for your state representative here>>  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Your state representatives need to hear from YOU, their constituents, to help insure that they stand strong representing your voice, your position against horse slaughter. 

To voice your opposition to horse slaughter ask your represetatives to

1. Support the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, bill numbers, SB 541 and HR 1094

 

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