Activists slam Texas State for removing wild horses from Army base
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Activists slam Texas State for removing wild horses from Army base

August 23, 2019


SYDNEY: ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE WILD HORSES BEING CAPTURED ON THE U.S. ARMY’S FORT POLK BASE IN LOUISIANA. THEY CLAIM TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY IS CONTRACTING WITH AN ORGANIZATION THAT’S SELLING MANY OF THE HORSES TO SLAUGHTER HOUSES. THE UNIVERSITY TELLS KXAN’S LAUREN LANMON THAT’S NOT THE FULL STORY. DOZENS OF WILD HORSES… FORCED TO FIND NEW HOMES AFTER AN ARMY BASE IN LOUISIANA SAID THEY HAVE TO GO. THE BASE IS 350 MILES AWAY, BUT RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY IS HELPING ORGANIZE THE EFFORTS. TODD AHLMAN, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “IT’S ACTUALLY A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE FORT WORTH DISTRICT ARMY OF CORP ENGINEERS TO MAINTAIN TRESPASS HORSES ON FORT POLK,” TEXAS STATE TOOK THE ALMOST 100- THOUSAND-DOLLAR CONTRACT AND SIGNED ON AN OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION, THOMPSON’S HORSE LOT AND COMPANY TO CAPTURE AND RELOCATE THE ANIMALS. TODD AHLMAN, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “THEY ARE ABLE TO RESPOND QUICKLY IF THE HORSES NEED WATER OR FEED AND THEY ARE ALSO ABLE TO GO THERE EVERY DAY AND MAKE SURE THE HORSES HAVE WATER AND FEED,” ONCE CAPTURED, THE HORSES WILL BE PLACED WITH RESCUE GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS.IF THOSE AREN’T AVAILABLE, THOUGH, A HORSE COULD BE SOLD TO SLAUGHTER. AT THIS POINT, THE UNIVERSITY SAYS THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. TODD AHLMAN, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY:”NO HORSES HAVE BEEN SOLD TO SLAUGHTER, ALL HORSES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY A NONPROFIT,” THE ARMY POST CONFIRMS – 170 HORSES HAVE BEEN CAPTURED AND ALL HAVE BEEN PLACED WITH AN ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP. STILL, ADVOCACY GROUPS SAY THEY NEED PROOF. AMY HANCHEY, PEGASUS EQUINE GUARDIAN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: “WE’VE SEEN NO TRANSPARENCY FROM WHERE THESE HORSES ENDED UP,” INCREASING THE CONCERN: FREQUENT POSTS ON THE THOMPSON HORSE LOT COMPANY’S FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWING VIDEOS OF HORSES WITH CAPTIONS READING “SHIPS TO SLAUGHTER.” AMY HANCHEY, PEGASUS EQUINE GUARDIAN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT:”FROM WHAT I’M SEEING IS THAT TEXAS IS NOT REALLY CONCERNED WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM IN THE END,” WHEN PRESSED, THE UNIVERSITY SAYS THAT’S A SEPARATE PART OF THOMSON CATTLE’S BUSINESS AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR CONTRACT. LAUREN LANMON, KXAN NEWS.SYDNEY:WE DID REACH OUT TO THE CONTRACTED COMPANY, BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK. BEYOND THE CONFIRMATION OF THE HORSE PLACEMENT, FORT POLK COULDN’T ANSWER ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, CITING A PENDING LAWSUIT.THAT LAWSUIT CLAIMS THE ARMY’S PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE HORSES VIOLATED THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT. SYDNEY: MOST OF THE NATION’S FEDERALLY PROTECTED WILD HORSE POPULATION IS LOCATED IN 10 WESTERN STATES. THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT SAYS FEDERAL LANDS CAN ACCOMODATE 27- THOUSAND WILD HORSES. BUT WITH NO EFFECTIVE PREDATORS.. THERE ARE AROUND 73-THOUSAND IN THE WILD.. AND ANOTHER 46-THOUSAND HELD IN MASSIVE CORRALS AND PASTURES. KEEPING THOSE HORSES — COSTS ABOUT 50 MILLION A YEAR. THE LAST INTERIOR DEPARTMENT BUDGET REMOVED LANGUAGE THAT BANNED THEIR SALE FOR SLAUGHTER.. BUT IT WAS RESTORED DURING NEGOTATIONS FOR THE 1-POINT-3 TRILLION DOLLAR SPENDING BILL. THE B-L-M ALSO USES BIRTH CONTROL DARTS.. BUT THEY ONLY PREVENT PREGNANCY FOR A YEAR.. MUST BE ADMINISTERED INDIVIDUALLY.. AND THERE’S

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