Navajos round up horses on drought-stricken land

2013-08-19T09:08:00Z Navajos round up horses on drought-stricken landThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 19, 2013 9:08 am  • 

GALLUP, N.M. — Navajo Nation rangers have rounded up numerous horses in northwestern New Mexico under an operation conducted as part of the tribe’s response to the continuing drought.

A natural resources law enforcement official says least 248 horses were seized through Thursday and that additional horses were seized in operations late last week.

According to the Gallup Independent (, the horses are said to be either feral or belong to residents who lack grazing permits or have more horses than their permits allow.

Grazing official Wilbur Murphy says horses unclaimed by residents will be sold to a buyer either for resale off the reservation or for transport to Mexico for slaughter for meat.

The Navajo Nation has voiced support for a Roswell company’s plan to begin slaughtering horses for meat.

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  1. morgansinkc
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    morgansinkc - August 20, 2013 1:48 am
    Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports act. Safeguard American Food Exports act is S. 541 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1094 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This website makes it easy to contact your elected officials:
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    morgansinkc - August 20, 2013 1:46 am
    I have a feeling that this is all about the money with the Navajo Nation, and that by taking horses directly to slaughter it avoids the issue of the Wild Horses, which are Federally-protected. Last Saturday the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe had what are said to be Mustangs mixed in with their horses and tried to sell them at the Fallon Livestock Auction.

    Here is a way to take action:

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