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August 8, 2011

Nearly 50 Wild Horses Spared from Illegal Slaughter in Mexico

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the swift action taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Land Management to impound 47 wild horses presumed to be bound from the U.S. for a horse slaughter plant in Mexico.

The BLM-branded horses were seized on August 5 at the port of entry at Helper, Utah, and were transported to the BLM’s facility in Herriman, Utah, while the FBI’s investigation is on-going. The BLM sells horses that are over 11 years old, or have been offered up for adoption three times, under an agreement that prohibits the subsequent sale for slaughter, and federal agents were suspicious that the animals in this transport were not headed where they were supposed to be.

“The HSUS has been concerned that the large numbers of wild horses taken off the land in the past few years would lead to unscrupulous buyers taking advantage of the BLM’s lax adoption procedures and misrepresenting their intent to care for these magnificent animals,” said Holly Hazard, chief innovations officer for The HSUS. “We are grateful that these animals have been spared a horrific death.”

The HSUS has worked for more than 20 years to help improve wild horse management through the use of a fertility-control agent that helps control population growth on the range. The use of these management tools are a far more humane alternative than stressful roundups and possible slaughter.

Like the majority of the American public, The HSUS strongly opposes the export and slaughter of American horses for human consumption. The horse slaughter industry is predatory and cruel, and has no regard for animal welfare. That is why The HSUS is asking Congress to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1176, a bill with broad bipartisan support that would protect these noble, iconic animals from the slaughter pipeline. Making the export of horses for slaughter a federal offense will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of all horses, wild and domestic, and deterring those who would profit by their suffering.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

 

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