Native American groups wrestle with horse welfare, lend support to plant

08/1/2013 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Navajo Nation has expressed support for a New Mexico horse slaughter plant set to begin production next week. Spokesman Erny Zah said some 75,000 wild horses are damaging the environment and draining wells in an already parched area. Horses are considered sacred, he said, but "at the same time, we have a bunch of horses that no one is caring for, so it's a delicate balance." The National Congress of American Indians is also supporting the plant, which may not open on time due to damage caused by what appears to be arson.

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