|Posted on August 6, 2015 at 2:40 PM|
Save the Salt River Wild Horses of Arizona, USA
This is a very real post I’m writing and although I wish it was, that title, is not a bait click. There is a very real, a very concerning and an extremely heartbreaking situation developed here in Arizona. You won’t usually see a post like this because we don’t stage ourselves as a political brand, and we are not, but as an Arizona born resident, I can’t stay silent on this one.
Let me back up for just a second and explain.
Here in Arizona, if you’ve never been, we have wildly good-natured free-roaming herd of horses that call Tonto National Forest their home. They have roamed wild and free for what’s documented to be more than a hundred years. These noble and majestic creatures have been documented and free-roaming in Arizona as far back as the 1900s, before Arizona had been recognized as a state and safely photographed more recently, by hundreds of thousands of on-lookers from across the nation while tubing the river or visiting our Saguaro Lake.
Right now we are in a crisis, our local Forest Service of Arizona has planned a government round-up for these horses with very little care or plan for their future and will quickly put these horses up for slaughter. The Forest Service is labeling these historic creatures “problematic” and “stray”, two descriptions that simply don’t add up.
We are joining the protest against such round-ups and have been working diligently all week to get our concerns into the ears of higher Arizona State Representatives. We’ve finally had a moment to sit and quickly write up this message for all of you in hopes to spread the word and assemble more help. I'm asking the Mountain Matron Nation to back us up and make your voice heard.
Here’s what we’ve done.
#1 Sign The Petition; we’re taking this to the highest-level possible.
#2 Contact the Forest Service Supervisor, Neil Bosworth by Phone (602)-225-5201. Ask him to reconsider! His Email is: [email protected]
#3 Contact the Chief of US Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, by Phone 800-832-1355. Ask him to reconsider!
#4 Contact our State Senators- Contactingthecongress.org --}
Senator Flake & McCain
#5 Contact our Governor, Doug Ducey’s Office by phone Phoenix: 602-542-4331
(He is on our side, so please, show him your support!)
Email : azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey
#6 Follow the protest against the annihilation of these historic creatures on any social media platform with the hashtag #SaveTheHorses.
If you know more about this political process than I, please send us some advice. We would love to hear your thoughts, concerns and support.
Note: Things are progressing positively and for this moment the Forest Service has halted the removal of the horses that was to start tomorrow, August 7th 2015, but this fight is not over and we need everyone to speak on the preservation of these animals. Congress is out until September and from what I understand it will take an act of congress to over-rule our State Forest Service’s decision. Don’t give up! We are reaching people. Just yesterday it was discussed on CNN. #SaveTheHorses
***We urge you to share this post with those you feel need to hear this and as often as you would like. We truly appreciate all your support for the Salt River Wild Horses***
The US Congress passed what is called the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and had been signed into law by President Nixon. Here’s a one-horse portion of the written law.
December 15, 1971 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands. .
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