There are an estimated 70,000 wild horses in the United States on land that the Bureau of Land Management says can only hold 20,000.

Congress is currently considering whether to overturn a 50-year-law that makes it illegal for the government to sell America's wild mustangs to horse meat facilities.

If the proposal is approved, up to 40,000 wild horses living on federal lands could be sold for $25 dollars a head as soon as October.

A House committee is expected to consider an amendment to be introduced on Tuesday that would overturn the long-time ban that prevents the government from selling wild horses for meat.

If it is approved by a full congressional vote, the sales could begin as early as October 1. The change was first proposed in the 2018 budget request submitted to Congress by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, which oversees wild horses on public lands.

Currently there are no horse slaughter horses in America, so the animals would have to be sold to foreign countries such as Mexico.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke previously pushed for the reestablishment of horse slaughter facilities in Montana while serving in the state senate.

'When a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride, or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of,' said Zinke in 2009.

Horse advocates argue that overpopulation claims are exaggerated and based on faulty statistics about how many horses the land can handle. They also insist birth control is a more humane and financially sound method of managing the wild horses

Responses to "A Congressional vote could send 50,000 of America's wild horses to slaughter"

  1. Gaetano says:

    Perhaps when interior secretaries are to old period they should be slaughtered. This is disgusting! Spread them to other lands. These beautiful creatures should be left to live as wild as they can be. Majestic and beautiful they should remain. I hope they don't pass this bill.

  2. lena716 says:

    I hope they will leave the horses alone where they are. I hope and pray.

  3. Leata holcomb says:

    Leave them free would u slauter ur family

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