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Update: #2 We have more good news to share about Teardrop, the emaciated horse who collapsed and then was reportedly kicked in the face. He's now being cared for at Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, and as you can see in this photo, he is looking much better and continues to improve! He was suffering not only from malnourishment but also from pneumonia, and his condition was so dire that he spent more than a month in a veterinary hospital.
Thank you for your help in getting Teardrop released to authorities! Other horses are still suffering, so please take action now below and urge Wildland Trekking to stop booking tours of the Havasu Canyon area that use horses.
UPDATE #1: Victory! Thanks to the hard work of SAVE Havasupai Horses and your e-mails, the horse who collapsed and was reportedly kicked in the face has been relinquished to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the tribe. His name is Teardrop, and as you can see in the photo below, which was taken by SAVE, he's emaciated and very ill—but he's now receiving much-needed veterinary care. The man who reportedly kicked him has been identified, and the tribe says that it will investigate and prosecute him for cruelty.
As was reported to SAVE Havasupai Horses, an eyewitness captured shocking photos of a horse forced into slave labor in the Grand Canyon. After the animal collapsed under a heavy pack and was unable to stand, the wrangler reportedly kicked the downed horse in the face.
A witness reports that after this photo was taken, the wranger kicked this horse in the face.
The horses, donkeys, and mules used to transport tourist gear in the Havasupai region of the Grand Canyon endure horrifying conditions. They're made to carry grossly overloaded packs while often being denied water, food, or rest breaks. Many are forced to run up the 12-mile trail in temperatures that routinely exceed 100 degrees. Eyewitnesses told SAVE Havasupai Horses that animals are forced to work with open wounds from ill-fitting gear and even broken limbs. It's not uncommon for an entire string of animals to fall off steep trails. Those who survive such falls are reportedly left by the side of the trail to die.
The horse who collapsed has been relinquished and is finally receiving veterinary care. But other horses continue to suffer.
The tour companies that use animals to carry tourist gear in the Havasupai area are complicit in this abuse. Please urge Wildland Trekking to stop booking Havasupai tours that use animals to carry gear.
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