The Navajo Nation says it will end its wild horse roundups and reverse its public support for a return to domestic horse slaughter after talks with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said Tuesday that he met with Richardson over the weekend and they agreed to work together to find more long-term and humane solutions to the horse overpopulation problem.
Richardson and actor Robert Redford created the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife this summer to fight efforts by a Roswell, N.M., company and others to slaughter horses.
Shortly after the foundation was announced, the Navajo Nation came out in support of the company, saying it has 75,000 feral horses drinking wells dry and causing ecological damage to the drought-stricken range. It has also been rounding up and selling horses, knowing some would likely end up in horse slaughter plants south of the border.
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