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Help Arizona Save Our Wild Horses...

I don’t post much political stuff, or environmental stuff, but this is something that needs to be posted.

The National Park Service-Forest Service/ Bureau of Land Management have posted that they are going to move a herd of wild horses off land that they have been on for the last 70 plus years because they are “free roaming livestock”. Which is a fancy way of saying that since no one claims them, the forest service is going to round them up, turn them over to the state agricultural department who after seven days will put them up for auction.

Some people are thinking well, why is that such a big problem, let me tell you why…

–These are WILD horses. They have never been rounded up, there are 2 and 3 day old fouls as of Monday, possibly even younger, there are females who may have not dropped fouls. A round up could KILL spooked animals, becasue they will be using helicopters/cowboys on horse back/ATVS.

– If these horses DO survive the round up, and do go to the state department of agriculture, there is NO stopping them from going up for auction which means that slaughter houses can come and buy them and slaughter these animals.  There is ZERO regulation on who can buy these horses. Zero!

– The government is basically saying that since these horses are on federal lands they can do what they please with them, while the state is saying that since they are free roaming and they go back and forth, they need to be left alone.

– At least one band of these horses is 400 years old in blood line. These horses came here with the Spanish conquistadors, and bred with the horses that were domesticated by the local Apache. The group they are looking at moving is about 60 to 120 individuals and has been around as a herd confirmed since at least 1930.

– The Salt River Herd is a part of Arizona Heritage. I have grown up my entire life hearing about them. I am a native of the state. I am proud of these Animals.

The Forestry Service has said basically that an act of congress is what ti will take to stop them. They have chosen to do this while congress is out of session. Governor Duecy is trying to do what he can at the state level but it may not be enough! Sign the petition, email your senators and congressman, because if you think that his can’t happen in your state, YOUR WRONG. Any animal that is deemed a problem, a nuisance or a danger could be next. Do not let the forestry service get away with this.

Here is the link to the Change.org petition, please sign and please go and google and read articles on it : Save The Wild Horses

change.org
U.S National Park Services, Tonto National Forest: Stop the Annihilation of the Salt River Wild Horses!!! #savewildhorses
As published by: Salt River Wild Horse Management GroupPress Release/Media Advisory press conference at 5 pm on Tuesday August 4th. Contact: Simone Netherlands, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group 928-925-7212Congressman Grijalva's press office: 202-225-2435 Forest Service Announces Plans to Annihilate Famous Salt River Wild Horses; Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to hold press conference on Tuesday August 4th at 5 pm. The Forest Service has rejected a 50 page humane management proposal from the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and has posted a public notice of roundup and removal starting on August 7th, 2015. Amanda Marsh, widow of Granite Mountain Hotshots Superintendent Eric Marsh, will join Simone Netherlands of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group as well as Congressman Grijalva in a plea for humane treatment of the Salt River Wild Horses in her Late Husband’s Memory. Mesa, AZ (August 3, 2015) Wild horse advocates, including Amanda Marsh, widow of Granite Mountain Hotshots Superintendent Eric Marsh, will hold a press conference Tuesday in response to a recently-published public notice announcing the U.S. Forest Service’s (FS’) intent to remove the historic Salt River Wild Horses in the Tonto National Forest, Mesa, Arizona, beginning on Friday August 7, 2015. Reportedly the Forest Service will use helicopters to round-up the horses which can prove deadly to the newborn foals and the older horses. The river is treacherous in places and the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group fears for the safety of this historic herd. The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group has submitted a 50 page proposal to the Forest Service setting forth a humane and sustainable management protocol for the iconic wild horses which includes humane birth control, but are shocked to find out that it has apparently been ignored and roundups will start immediately. While we used to have over half a million wild horses in Arizona a hundred years ago, we now have less than 500 left and that includes the BLM Herd Management Area’s and the Heber Territory that the FS is also planning to zero out. In 1971 the Forest Service was mandated by the Wild Free Horse and Burro Act to establish wild horse territories where wild horses and burros existed at that time. The Forest Service admits that the Salt River Wild Horses were present in and around the Salt River at that time and many eyewitnesses and articles prove that fact, yet they did not create a territory for the herd, the reason for this has never been answered by the Forest Service. We believe that the Forest Service violated a federal law by refusing to assign a Wild Horse Territory where they themselves have records of wild horses roaming as far back as 1930, according to their Environmental Assessment of the Sunflower grazing allotment. There is no reason why the Forest Service should want to rob Arizona of this historically, economically and ecologically significant herd. Why are they in such a hurry and why are they doing this without a fair public process. This is one of those points in time that mankind is really going to regret years from now, states Simone Netherlands, President of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. If the horses are rounded up, the Forest Service is making an historical mistake that cannot be reversed. WHAT: Press Conference. Press and Public welcome. WHEN: Tuesday, August 4th, 5 pm WHERE: Butcher Jones Recreation Area, Fort McDowell, off of Bush Highway in Mesa, Arizona. (first exit after Saguaro lake) WHO: Amanda Marsh, widow of Eric Marsh, Superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, will join Simone Netherlands, President of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group in calling upon the Forest Service to work with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group on a humane management plan, instead of robbing future generations of Americans of our very last piece of living history. BACKGROUND Historic news articles published between 1890 and 1927 document a population of over 500,000 wild horses roaming the plains of Arizona at the turn of the century. It is believed that they were brought to the area by the Spanish missionary, Father Eusebio Kino in the 17th century. Today, there are fewer than 500 wild horses remaining on public land in the entire state. For its part, the Forest Service admits in a recent Sunflower Allotment grazing permit renewal Environmental Assessment (EA) that the horses have been present on the Salt River since at least the 1930’s -- – decades before the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed in 1971 to protect mustangs and burros on public lands. Yet the Forest Service intends to round up and impound the horses as “stray livestock.” ### the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group is an AZ non-profit organization set up to monitor and scientifically study the Salt River Wild Horses. Each horse has their own records with birthdates and bloodlines, some of which date back 20 years. It is the goal of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to preserve this iconic herd for future generations, but as a second option the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group will welcome the Salt River Wild Horses into their sanctuary in Prescott, Arizona in order to prevent them from ending up in cruel situations. Please take whatever is needed from the following footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdSTVxzQKao https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rbsXdxc8jQ Public notice of impound of all horses on the Tonto National Forest. http://publicnotices.azcapitoltimes.com/…/a99a02cd-08f6-4…/ …

PLEASE DON’T LET THE HORSES BE ROUNDED UP AND TAKEN OUT OF THEIR HOME!!!!!!