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Navajo Nation Supports NM Horse Slaughterhouse

Society & Culture  (tags: animals, horse slaughter, New Mexico, Navajos, Valley Meat Co., arson, abuse, ethics, environment, society, safety, rights, news, sadness )

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The tribe's support for Valley Meat Co. comes one week after Robert Redford and former Gov. Bill Richardson joined the opposite side of the debate, saying, among other reasons, that they were "standing with Native American leaders" to protect cultural...

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Barbara K (60)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:42 pm
I'm speechless, too queasy just thinking about these poor horses.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:12 pm
This doesn't sit well with me. Too bad more horses can't be sold as pets & not slaughtered. I would never eat horse meat, but unfortunately some people beg to differ.

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:26 pm
Some tribes were never big on horses, the southwestern tribes - like Navajo & Apache were never reliant on them & often used them for food. Considering this is happening in NM, I'm not really surprised, but I am sad. If the Economy was better, selling them for something Other than food would be much easier.

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:15 pm
This is a perfect example of how ugly things can get.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:29 pm word. Noted sadly with thanks.

Linda Moore (240)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:44 pm
What a shame. The Navajo are in a tough spot, but there HAS to be a better solution!! Catch,neuter,release?

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:45 pm
This is not about horses for anyone~$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:53 pm
A very interesting turn of events!
I had no idea that the horse population had become so enormous.
I have a soft spot for horses, for many of the same reasons a lot of people, I expect, do: the history of cowboy movies, and shows, I've seen since the days of B&W 15" televisions-Trigger, Buttercup, Silver, etc., the old "b" cowboy (and Indian) movies. I rode, took lessons in Central Park, N.Y. years ago.
At the same time, while eohippus, if I'm getting it right, had a place in the ancient history of North America, its descendants died out here, and were only reintroduced by the Europeans.
RIGHT- the Native Americans were not riding horses, bareback, or otherwise, when the Europeans first got here! Nor do we any longer have vast amounts of wide open plains of tall, or short, grasses, to sustain a large population; nor do we have large numbers of wild predators, who would also be entitled to lunch.
So, what the heck is my point? Let's leave the romanticizing behind, and utilize the resource, at least thinning the herds to a scientifically judged sustainable level. Let's do it humanely, but let's do it.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:15 pm
I think there's more going on then they want us to know.

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:31 pm
I am disgusted by this news.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:57 pm
Money speaks louder than words!

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:00 pm
The horse population is not the problem! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ RULE!

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:04 pm
It's all about money!!!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:46 pm
I definitely hear you loud and clear Carrie. It is all about money plain and simple. This has nothing to do with maintaining sustainable horse population numbers and it really has nothing to do about horses being used as food, as much as that thought disgusts and pains me. It is the almighty dollar raising it's ugly head and of course someone or some species will lose out because of it. Thanks Carrie

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:51 pm
So very, very sad.

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:08 pm
So very sad, that these people support a Horse Slaughterhouse...I'm ashamed of the Navajo Nation...

Aud nordby (740)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:23 pm

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 12:50 am
This is strange.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:45 am
Shame on the Navajo Indians for betraying the horses. Very sad.

Mike M (40)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7:17 am
I am shocked like everyone else. That is the last group of people I would expect to condone the slaughter of horses. They must not be true to their nation. They are now no better than the white men who stole, killed and locked them on to reservation and only what money and think it will buy them out of the situation they were forced into

Ruth C (87)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 8:19 am
I agree Carrie, its always about the stinking damn MONEY!!

Roseann d (178)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 8:52 am
The sequestration CUT USDA meat inspectors yet these horse slaughter plants can't operate without why should US taxpayers foot the bill for this??? Put them on public lands just as the public wants.

. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 10:05 am
I never thought the Navajo would take this stand.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:36 am
Noted with Gratitude Carrie. I was just about to go on a RANT when all I need to do is share "BORROW" all your posts.
THIS IS PATHETIC! "....will we realize we cannot eat money". I can't IMAGINE how one (B$G Corp) can sleep at night knowing (and not caring) who suffers and sacrifices on many levels. Spiritual to Starvation. Errr!

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:44 am
So much for the horse being thought of as a sacred animal. I guess people of all stripes are willing to sell out when there's a bit of money in it. Shame on them.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:08 pm
Noted. Will not comment at this time.

S J (130)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 5:35 pm
When will we find a way to fight money?

Noted, thanks Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:19 pm
Good Posting, thanks

elderberry C (47)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
Sad News...and disappointing too.

Laurie H (817)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:35 pm
I'm so disheartened by this, so upset ---what can be done?? Money speaks volumes no matter what??? So Sad---Such shame to go around~ Thanks Carrie for posting~

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:32 am
noted and ashamed for humans

Anne P (174)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:00 am
Very sad and makes me lose respect for the Navajo. Thanks for posting, Carrie.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:54 pm
The Navajo & most southwestern tribes are not the problem - they are not connected to horses like the Plains peoples were (after the horse was re-introduced to America) Carrie said - It's ALL about MONEY & who gets it! The tribes are constantly being ripped off for water rights, grazing rights, etc. and have invested a lot in sheep - while the BLM won't help care for the Wild of course the Natives would rather the horses go away. But killing should NOT be necessary! The government keeps finding ways to get around the Law to protect these wild horses & burros - mainly by "culling herds" that don't Need to be culled & selling them as food!:(

Susanne R (234)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:25 am
Why is it that the first and only solution to any animal overpopulation problem is to "kill"? And the solution is arrived at even faster if there's money to be made! If they can't make money by using these horses as beasts of burden, they sell their flesh as meat. That's so selfish and cruel --and so corporate America!

Past Member (0)
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Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:04 am
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