House Committee Approves Killing Wild Horses

Mass destruction as population control

The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to remove language banning the killing of healthy wild horses by ‘humane euthanization’.

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah put forward the amendment. It continues the ban on selling the wild horses and burros to slaughterhouses for processing into commercial products or for human consumption.

The spending bill draft allows the euthanasia of wild horses over 10-years old if they aren’t adoptable after three attempts. Adoptions account for the rehoming of only 2,500 horses yearly.

The BLM manages wild horse and burro herds on 26.9 million acres of public lands. The agency estimates that nearly 73,000 wild horses and burros roam the federal land, which is three-times what is sustainable.

Low public demand to adopt the horses, a lack of effective reproduction control methods and high costs to care for more than 45,000 unadopted animals restrict the BLM’s ability to manage herd growth, the agency states.

“It’s being spun as ‘euthanasia’ but it’s really [a] license to kill tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Campaign in a release.

The bill allows nonprofits to make long term commitments to care for excess animals. Other government agencies can also use the horses as work animals under the amendment.

For more, go to USA Today.