(ANIMAL WELFARE) The Bureau of Land Management says the wild horse population is out of control. In 2004, Montana Republican Senator Conrad Burns added an additional provision into an appropriations bill allowing for the sale of older or unadoptable horses. The law was signed by former President George W. Bush, which opened the floodgates for horse slaughter. Congress has been working on correcting this legislative loophole, yet many wild horses are still unprotected. Mustang auctions have now become common practice with both kill buyers and animal activists attending the inhumane events. The animal activists’ goal is to save the wild horses by outbidding the kill buyers, who are scouting product to ship to slaughterhouses. Read the article below for more on mustang auctions and a touching tale involving 23 wild horses. — Global Animal
Mustangs being herded into temporary corrals before auction. Photo Credit: LA Times
Mustangs being herded into temporary corrals before auction. Photo Credit: LA Times

 

A cowboy employed by the Bureau of Land Management lassos a young, wild Mustang. Photo Credit: LA Times
A cowboy employed by the Bureau of Land Management lassos a young, wild mustang. Photo Credit: LA Times

 

Mustangs are held in temporary corrals before being hauled away for auction. Photo Credit: LA Times
Mustangs are held in temporary corrals before being hauled away for auction. Photo Credit: LA Times

 

Animal activists are saying the Bureau of Land Management is managing the Mustang population toward extinction. Photo Credit: LA Times
Animal activists are saying the Bureau of Land Management is managing the mustang population toward extinction. Photo Credit: LA Times

Read the LA Times article here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-wild-horses-20130619-dto,0,1687981.htmlstory

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