The U.S. government is now wreaking havoc on one of our most honored relatives, the horse. The genocide that nearly wiped out America’s indigenous people now seems to have come full circle. It’s a modern day “Trail of Tears” for America’s horses and burros which are being zeroed out from their native lands in effort to eradicate them.
The capture, removal, imprisonment and execution of these horses represents a forced assimalation and the destruction of our spiritual and cultural way of life.
Paleontological evidence shows that wild horses and burros are not “feral” (as we have been told by the BLM, the USDA, the BIA and others). Horses evolved on the North American continent over 50,000,000 years ago and they are as much a part of the land as we are.
Wild horses and burros are not an “invasive and destructive species” (as we have been told by the BLM, the USDA, the BIA and others), Wild horses and burros when allowed to roam as nature intended, act as gardeners to the rangelands. Their droppings help to replenish the soils, their digestive system produces a perfect fertilizer and they pass along seeds that build up plant life. They compliment the rangelands and wildlife in many ways.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have been pressuring tribal people to support the unnecessary and cruel eradication of our horses from their native lands. America’s wild equines in truth are disappearing from the landscape at alarming rates and should be protected rather than exploited for the sale of their meat, or to make room for foreign lands sales and leasing or for livestock grazing.
We say no to the removal of horses from our lands;
We say no to the devastation caused to our lands by the slaughtering of horses;
We say no to the introduction of toxic and lethal substances to the human food chain;
We say no to horse slaughter and the appointment of horse meat inspections on our lands;
We say no to the torturous suffering caused to equines by their removal and slaughter.
I am of Native descent and represent indigenous people, and I speak out in support for a ban on horse slaughter in the U.S., against horse round ups and for protecting wild horses and burros on native and public lands. I urge policymakers to swiftly act toward passing a federal ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as shipping horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption.
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