Budget Cuts Could Mean Horse Slaughtering To Be Reinstated
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Budget Cuts Could Mean Horse Slaughtering To Be Reinstated

August 18, 2019


NOW TELLS US TOP GOLF DOES NOT WANT TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER COURT RULING AND HAS DECIDED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE. THOUSANDS OF WILD HORSES ROAMING COLORADO IN THE WEST COULD BE AT RISK IF PROPOSED FUNDING CUT GOES THROUGH. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS THREATENING TO CUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE PROGRAM THAT OVERSEES THESE HERDS. THE CURRENT PROTECTIONS THAT KEEP WILD HORSES FROM BEING SLAUGHTERED WOULD BE REMOVED. JEFF TODD IS LIVE TONIGHT AT THE BLM OFFICE IN LAKEWOOD. COLORADO IS HOME TO 1600 WILD HORSES. Reporter: OFFICIALS SAY THAT IS TWICE AS MUCH AS THE STATE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THE LAND THAT IS OUT THERE BUT ADVOCATES SAY IF THIS CHANGE GOES THROUGH, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT ALL WILD HORSES COULD BE WIPED OUT. IT IS AN ICONIC IMAGE OF THE AMERICAN WEST BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MANY WILD HORSES AND THE COST TO MAINTAIN THEM IS SKYROCKETING. IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, WE HAVE GONE FROM 30,000 TO OVER 70,000. WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH QUIT GATHERING. THERE ARE FOUR COURSE MANAGEMENT AREAS BUT THE BLM SAYS THE 1600 HORSES ARE TWICE WHAT THE LAND CAN HANDLE. THERE ARE MANY VOLUNTEERS WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO GO OUT AND GET THE HORSES. Reporter: MANY AREAS HAVE VOLUNTEER STARTING HORSES WITH FERTILITY DRUGS BUT THE FEAR MOVING FORWARD IS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS CHANGING THE 1971 LAW THAT PROTECTS THESE HERDS. THE CHANGE COULD BE LARGE POPULATIONS WOULD BE ROUNDED UP AND SOLD FOR SLAUGHTER. ‘S THAT THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. Reporter: SIMONE OF THE LENS IS WITH THE AMERICAN WILD HORSE CAMPAIGN. IT IS NOT AN OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM. WHAT WE HAVE IS A DISCRIMINATION PROBLEM. Reporter: WHAT SOME OF THESE ADVOCATES ARE URGING IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING MORE WITH CONTRACEPTION AND EVEN PUTTING A FEW OF THOSE HORSES UP FOR ADOPTION. A BLM PRESENTATION IN GRAND JUNCTION JUST LAST MONTH SAYS THAT IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH RESOURCES

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