Cruel wild horse roundups continue on Navajoland for kill houses
Cruel horse roundups for kill houses and meat industry continue on Navajoland
By Brenda Norrell
Photo by Leland Grass: Horse roundup in Kayenta area
The cruel roundups of wild horses on the Navajo Nation continue on Thursday and Friday in the Tuba City area. Navajo Medicine People oppose the roundups and the sale of horses for slaughter to the meat industry in Mexico.
Further, Navajo President Ben Shelly now admits that he did not halt the horse roundups for slaughter as he said earlier. Now, Shelly says it was just an idea, and the memorandum of agreement has not yet been signed to halt the roundups.
Leland Grass, Dine', said, "Tuba City Chapter House is opening the doors to The Cruelty Group, Navajo Nation Agriculture and Navajo Nation Resource Enforcement."
"Over the last three months many of the Dine' peoples horses have been taken from their corrals and also off their grazing areas and land use areas. Not only did the people get hurt, but also the foals were left behind. The mothers in the roundup were taken off the reservation for auction, and were sold, even to kill buyers who transport the horses down to Aquila Martinez, Vanderwagon, New Mexico, then on to Las Lunas, New Mexico, and off to the border of Texas and Mexico for sale to kill buyers. Then the horses are sent to Mexico for slaughter for meat."
Grass urged protectors of wild horses and defenders of sacred Dine' traditions to call the Tuba City Chapter House and tell them to send the Navajo Nation Agriculture back home.
"We don't want motorized dirt bikes and ATV's on our vegetation," Grass said.
The wild horse roundups in Tuba City are scheduled for Nov. 14, and 15. 2013. The first day is at Rare Metals and the following day is at Preston Mesa area. Grass said the Grazing Official's name is Angela Begay 928-283-3287, and the Chapter House number is 928-283-3284.
"Get the word out for horse owners and sacred horses," Grass said.
Read Dine' Medicine Peoples Statement opposing roundups and slaughter:http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/08/navajo-medicine-people-oppose-horse.html