Manage the Salt River wild horses humanely.  Take removal off the table.
  • Petitioned United States Forest Service, Tonto National Forest Service

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United States Forest Service, Tonto National Forest Service

Manage the Salt River wild horses humanely. Take removal off the table.

    1. Nanette Schieron
    2. Petition by

      Nanette Schieron

      Marshfield Hills, MA

Our wild horses have been under siege for many years. Nearly 50,000 of them have been inhumanely captured, removed from their home ranges in the west and housed in stockyards , far from everything they hold dear: freedom, family and home. As I write this the siege continues all around the west with mares and their young foals being cruelly chased by helicopters in the hot western sun.  This is our  government's policy. There will be casualties.

There is a small band of wild horses who make their home in the Salt River area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. They are under the jurisdiction of the National Forest Service. In the last several months these horses have gotten some publicity due to a wonderful wildlife photographer who was a volunteer for the Forest Service. Her photos are breathtaking. The media became involved and the wild horses became famous, in a good way, with the public.  The Tonto National Forest Service  is currently  reviewing the status of the herd. They are  in the process of deciding their fate.  This could include birth control, or removal of some or all of the herd. Because they are considered " strays" and not mustangs, even though documentation exits that their bloodline dates back to the original Spanish horses, they will not be afforded the meager protection of the BLM .  Removal of the herd could spell disaster, with worst case senerio being that they are sent to slaughter in Canada or Mexico.

The Tonto National Forest Service will convene in the Fall on the issue of how best to manage the horses on public land.  It is crucial to allow the public input on this issue so that the horses are allowed to remain on their home range and are managed in a humane manner. 

These horses have lived here for many generations,lived quietly and peacefully, only bringing joy and serenity to those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them.
They deserve to stay .  I hope the Tonto National Forest Service will do right by these beautiful creatures and not follow the BLM's example.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. We have reached 439 signatures.

      Nanette Schieron
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone who has signed and commented. Please continue to share with friends on FB and anywhere else. Please go to FB page Salt River Wild Horses to see stunning photographs of these sweet, innocent horses. You will fall in love!!!!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. We are at 200 hundred signatures!

      Nanette Schieron
      Petition Organizer

      Please continue to share and post this petition. The Horses need our help. The more signatures the more power our voices have.

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Catherine Pellerito WYANDOTTE, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      It was the pictures of these horses that makes me want to take my next vacation there. This land and these animals are meant to be preserved for us and our future generations. They are a part of the history of America. There has been many events in the history of America we wish we could change, don't let our descendants look back and wonder why America did this. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."


    • Stephanie Theis MARSHFIELD, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      There are so many petitions and organizations trying to stop the slaughter of our national treasure the horse. Please post or get the number 1- 202-224-3121 out to your people to call to get the number of their congress person , you dont need to know their name just the state, to put pressure on them to not slaughter our greatest national treasure the horse since without them we wouldnt be where we are today. Signatures are all well and fine but they dont have the same impact as calls do. Thank you for your help to put pressure to pass HR2966 and reverse the horrible slaughter. Time Is Running Out! Our horses should have never been put on the menu and slaughtered for food. Thank you for your time.

    • Pamela Rademacher ARROYO GRANDE, CA
      • about 2 years ago


    • judy collins SAN CARLOS, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      i recently learned about these beautiful horses! please do not follow the blm's atrocious record and DO allow these horses to remain unfettered. many tourists come to visit and provide fuel to the economy. the blm is devastating our wild herds. please if you must do anything, limit it to pzp for mares and let these majestic beauties thrive!

    • Valorie Thomas CLAREMONT, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we have an obligation to protect this world, this environment and those who are vulnerable. We are all in it together. And we need their poetry.


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