Governor signs bill protecting Salt River wild horses

By Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press

May 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A herd of wild horses living near Arizona’s Salt River came a step closer to new protections under legislation Gov. Doug Ducey signed on Wednesday.

The proposal by Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, makes it illegal to harass, shoot, kill or slaughter a horse that is part of the herd.

The protections depend on the Arizona Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service reaching a related agreement before the end of next year.

“The Salt River horses are beautiful, majestic and a treasure to our state. Since last summer, we have worked to protect them and their ability to roam free,” Ducey said in a statement.

The proposal was developed after the U.S. Forest Service planned to remove the horses. It reversed its decision following pressure from the public.

Townsend called the agreement a compromise that protects the horses from harassment and abuse.

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