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Navajo chapter not joining horse roundup

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation has decided against going along with a tribal operation to round up feral horses.

The Farmington Times reported Tuesday that chapter members voted 33-0 to rescind a July 28 resolution to have the Navajo Nation Agriculture Department conduct horse roundups.

Chapter officials say people are concerned the department’s process of rounding up the horses is not humane.

They say members had concerns about the sale of horses for slaughter, abandoned colts and the use of all-terrain vehicles during roundups.

Navajo Nation rangers have already gathered numerous horses in northwestern New Mexico as part of the tribe’s response to the continuing drought.

Chapter leaders say they will develop their own roundup program.

They will also focus on adoption and horse rehabilitation.

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