- Senator Martin Heinrich – Divisive actions, (against Placitas Wild Horses, and Sandia’s Cibola Forest), speak louder than words
- WHOA’s Open Letter to Sandoval County Manager- Day of Task Force Presentation – (see attached)
- Press Release: Placitans Want the Wild Horses But Task Force and Committee Seek to Determine Their Fate
- WHOA SPECIAL EDITION March 2016 – June follow-up @ bottom
- Great News!!! Pueblo of San Felipe Press Release (Complete!)
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The “working group” in the article below was literally requested by special interests just 5 days after Valley Meats announced they were opening a horse slaughter plant in Roswell, NM. This working group hid kill buyer dumping of horses rejected at the Mexican border and claimed astronomical numbers of horses on Navajo lands (which the state of NM had no jurisdiction over and no counts for!). This was proven by WHOA inspection of public record.
This working group also blamed these impossible numbers of horses on poor people and First Americans claiming they were being dumped by poor people and 1st Americans due to the economy and high hay prices. Scapegoating…in order to make people believe that New Mexico needed a horse slaughter facility but basically blaming it on the 1st Americans while this administration deceptively feigns that it is against horse slaughter.
In fact kill buyer dumping of horses rejected at the Mexican border as unfit for human consumption are taken to ranches for fattening and re-sent to slaughter and some are dumped on First American lands it seems, in an effort to push them toward horse slaughter by this administration.
These working group numbers are in no way congruent with the estray numbers of the state which are typically under 100 and have no basis in fact. Actual Navajo estimate given WHOA on Oct 29th 2013 (on this page here) was 11,000 and since then the Navajo report they have rounded up 7000.
The below article was referred to in numerous articles calling it out as false reporting by the media and this administration. It was removed from the internet, however, WHOA has saved a true copy below for reposting here.
NEW MEXICO FIRST TASK FORCE: Hired by Sandoval County Manager. This is the final report. During this Task Force, the round-ups continued. These round-ups took approximately 99 wild horses. These round ups were not reported by either the Sandoval County Signpost nor any other New Mexico paper.
The owner/editor of the Signpost in fact participated in the round ups per a police report which is listed on the last page of the WHOA 2016 March newsletter. The Task Force came out with some reasonable recommendations, however, apparently not what the County was looking for. Though tax payers paid $23K for this work, nothing was ever implemented. WHOA participated up until just prior to publication, but removed their support due to the lack of inclusion of certain information to the exclusion of other. Final Task Force Report
The State of New Mexico is attacking all of it’s wild life including and especially it’s Wild Horses.The Wild Horses of Placitas are in the way of a planned Highway which will complete the noose around the Sandia Mountains and end the last viable wildlife corridor off this link in the Rocky Mt wildlife Corridor which stretches from Canada to Mexico.
The State of New Mexico is ignoring the law, and rounding up the Placitas Wild horses against the will of the community which is over 90% in favor of the horses. Out of 2500 homes in the beautiful Mountain community, we have 2,300 signatures of support versus 8 people who have complained to the New Mexico Livestock Board. They want an I40 bypass with 20,000 trips per day. In preparation, 80 bears have also been killed last season off the Sandia Mts but the New Mexico media does not report on the truth of the murderous state of New Mexico.
New Mexico’s top elected officials, Governor Martinez and Attorney General Gary King have been active in the attack on these horses and are to this day refusing to recognize them as wild and allow the use of non-sterilizing birth control instead of removal to auction.
email Gary King: firstname.lastname@example.org —These horses need contraception not removal to auction. These horses are wild and belong to all the PEOPLE.
email Governor Martinez: Keith.Gardner@state.nm.us —These horses need contraception not removal to auction. These horses are wild and belong to all the PEOPLE.
These beautiful murals are an incredible testimony to the Love, Respect, and Support, of the Wildlife and Wild Horses of Placitas New Mexico, by over 95% of the beautiful rural mountain community of Placitas.
Channel 13, and the NM media have hid this mural, and the overwhelming support of Placitans for the wild horses, from the general public. This amateur video is an attempt to shine the light of truth on the Placitas horses and the community that fights daily for them to remain where they have roamed for hundreds of years. Here in North America is also where they evolved, with the flora and fauna!.
Local, state, and federal government agencies as well as the elected officials, have all worked to block the will of the people regarding these horses and their habitat. Placitans have repeatedly funded WHOA, the Wild Horse Observers Association, in court to protect and preserve the horses and their habitat.
These agencies and officials want a highway through Placitas for an I40 bypass of 20,000 trips per day, and more gravel mining. This highway would wipe out the Placitas horses and would also block the last viable corridor off the Sandia Mountains for Mt. Lions, Bears, Bob Cats and other wildlife. The beautiful Sandia Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Corridor which extends from Canada to Mexico, broken only in New Mexico at I40.
This amazing community mural was spear headed by Foothills Studio in conjunction with other members of Pathways Wild Life Corridors of New Mexico. Hundreds of Placitans and nearby neighborhoods worked together to actually make these murals. This project took over two years and was supported by Foothills Studio, Pathways Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico http://pathwayswc.wordpress.com/, and their donors.
It is located at exit 242 of I25… Exit I25 toward the east. The mural is on the first structure visible from the highway as you go up the hill on the north side of the road. Off road parking and a KIOSK with further information are available onsite. By the way, there are many beautiful homes for sale here that may have wild horses, deer, bob cats, or coyotes among others, occasionally gracing their views!