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American Indians oppose horse slaughter and their removal from the wild

American Indians oppose horse slaughter and their removal from the wild

    1. Petition by

      Wild for Life Foundation

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.

American Indians oppose horse slaughter and their removal from the wild

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Whisenant SUFFOLK, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      The horses and burros are a National Treasure and should be protected.

    • Neil Angelo PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 6 months ago

      “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

      ― Immanuel Kant

      “We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them -- exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.”

      ― César Chávez

      “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”

      ― Theodor W. Adorno

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

      -- Abraham Lincoln

      "One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them."

      -- Martin Luther King, Jr

      "Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect, human kind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."

      -- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

      "Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest."

      -- Lloyd Biggle Jr.

      I don't hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.

      -- Brigid Brophy

    • Nicole Morris NANAIMO, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      I have been saving an abundance of horses on my dime for 15 yrs. Since Im now broke 260,.000 later I figured its time for a little change!

    • jean robertson SALMON ARM, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      horses shouldn't be slaughtered for meat.


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