Trump’s Budget Would Allow Sale of Wild Horses for Slaughter

PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. — President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without the current requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.

Wild horse advocates say the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for wild horses — an icon of the American West — and could send thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign slaughterhouses for processing as food.

They say the Trump administration is kowtowing to livestock interests who don’t want the region’s estimated 59,000 mustangs competing for precious forage across more than 40,000 square miles of rangeland in 10 states managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Image: A livestock helicopter pilot rounds up wild horses from the Fox & Lake Herd Management Area from the range in Washoe County, Nevada
A livestock helicopter pilot rounds up wild horses from the Fox & Lake Herd Management Area from the range in Washoe County, Nevada on July 13, 2008.Brad Horn / AP, file

The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California.
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AUTHOR: Sanky
3 Comments
  • Ellen McConnell

    This is inhumane…Leave our wild horses alone!

    May 26, 2017
  • Karen eppstadt

    So much for land of the free, home of the brave

    May 28, 2017
  • MS

    We cannot, must not allow this — Pres. Trump MUST hear out ALL points of view — get some standards — if you believe everything has a price, maybe sometimes this is true — BUT, I say this — there are exceptions to this notion and it’s THIS : OUR HORSES & BURROS — our horses’, our burros’ lives are not on the negotiation table — we MUST protect them from those who prefer to see them all dead.

    May 29, 2017