Save the Wild Horses of Tonto National Forest
Without a public notice or hearing, without any attempt to humanely manage the herd, and without the required environmental impact study, the U.S.Forest Service seems to have decided to go ahead and round up and remove the Salt River Wild Horses. The USFS claims the horses are “feral” even though documentation exists indicating that they are very likely descendants of horses brought here in the 17th century by Father Kino to the Pima. Which means they should be protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. After all of the positive media attention these horses have received lately – Becky Standridge’s study and gorgeous photography of them – and the awesome footage of Champ saving one of his fillies from drowning in the river, it is astonishing that the forest service would choose NOW as the time to remove the herd. Such blatant disregard for public sentiment is galling, let alone the disregard it shows for the horses themselves and the history they represent. PLEASE HELP STOP THIS TODAY...HUMANS WITH TO MUCH MONEY AND POWER AND NOT ENOUGH COMPASSION!