Navajo leaders reject slaughter, embrace humane solutions

Many ways to get involved in stopping horse slaughter

In a tremendous development for horses, the Navajo Nation has recently announced it would no longer endorse inhumane slaughter as an option for horse management. The development was finalized in a meeting between Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, representing his Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife. In recent months, many Navajo chapters and activists have been valiantly protesting in opposition to roundups of horses on tribal lands.

Richardson has been a vital leader for animals both during and after his governorship. His Foundation has pledged to work with the Navajo Nation and groups including Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) to help horses. Please show your support for solutions, not slaughter, by giving today!

NMED to hold hearing on slaughterhouse

On Tuesday, October 22nd, APNM will be in Roswell on behalf of the 70% of New Mexicans who oppose horse slaughter in our state to give testimony to the New Mexico Environment Department against a wastewater discharge permit for Valley Meat, the company attempting to restart cruel, industrialized slaughter of equines in the U.S. The department, having denied the company a temporary permit in July based on over 450 public comments opposing the slaughterhouse, will be hearing testimony from experts and the public.

In early August, the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque issued a temporary restraining order against horse slaughter in the U.S. based on uncertainties of slaughter’s effects on the environment. The court is scheduled to review the restraining order by October 31. Pollution from a New Mexico horse slaughterhouse is a very real concern, reflected in the documented history of environmental violations by Valley Meat.

Take Action!

1. Send a message to NM Environment Department:

  • Thank the agency for listening to New Mexicans concerned about horse slaughter’s effects on water, our most precious resource in the Southwest
  • Ask the agency to decline the wastewater discharge permit to Valley Meat and to join in the humane alternatives being developed

2. Write to your local newspaper

  • Voice your belief that horse slaughter is not welcome in our state
  • Acknowledge the strong leadership on opposing horse slaughter from the Navajo Nation and the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife

Humane solutions need your support TODAY

The Equine Protection Fund, New Mexico’s safety net for horses, donkeys, and mules, turns four years old next month and recently celebrated 450 equines assisted or given relief through our feed and veterinary care programs.

Nonetheless, there is currently very high demand for Equine Fund services and we don’t want to run out of funds. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to ensure we can continue to honor requests for help throughout this winter and beyond. Please consider donating this month to the Equine Protection Fund. With just $100 feeding a hungry horse for a month and $200 providing proactive sterilization of colts or compassionate euthanasia for suffering equines, any contribution helps to maintain the positive and dignified resources for our equine companions.

For more information, visit or contact our Equine Campaign Manager.



New York Times: Navajo Leader Drops His Support for Slaughter of Wild Horses on the Reservation

Albuquerque Business First: Navajo Nation will end roundups of wild horses for slaughter

A Humane Nation: Navajos Say Hold Your Horses on Slaughter

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