Salt River Wild Horses Still in Jeopardy
Press Conference and Walk for Wild Horses Planned for Saturday in Mesa
Mesa, November 12, 2015, In spite of the best efforts of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, as well as unprecedented public and political support for the protection of the Salt River wild horses, the US Forest Service still has not agreed to the protection and humane management of the wild free roaming horses in the Tonto National Forest, which means these beloved wild horses are still in jeopardy.
The 120 day postponement of the roundup will expire on December 18th right before Christmas. Another extension has been requested by the SRWHMG to give more time for solutions to be worked out.
“This is just a reminder to the Forest Service as well as the State Agriculture Department that the Arizona public wants to see humane management of these horses without ever removing one horse off the river”, states Simone Netherlands, president of the group. She explains:” it is entirely possible with the use of immuno- contraception PZP to manipulate the herd size humanely.”
Members of the SRWHMG are certified in the darting application of this humane form or birth control for wild horses. The reason why the Forest Service has not jumped on this opportunity is not clear at this time.
The SRWHMG, in cooperation with the Iowa Café, plans a press conference and peaceful walk to raise awareness for these now famous wild horses of Arizona. Details below as follows: