Legislation Needed to Save Wild Horses From Slaughter

Posted on January 27, 2004

(Washington, D.C.)

Last December, Montana Senator Conrad Burns
slipped language into a spending motion that quietly stripped wild
horses of their last remaining protections under the law. The new
provision legalized the rounding-up and selling of wild horses and
burros “without limitation.” In other words, Burns gave Western
ranchers what they’ve been hoping to get for years: the go-ahead to
destroy wild herds and grab publicly owned grazing land for their own
cattle. In the meantime, more wild horses will be taken off the range
and sent to slaughterhouses — and, from there, to the restaurants and
butcher shops of Europe and Asia.

But Reps. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) have
introduced HR 97, which would prohibit the commercial sale and
slaughter of wild horses and burros.

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