BLM Calls Wild Horse Slaughter Article ‘Fake News’

The BLM said its policy is to not slaughter horses “and there has been no congressional direction to the contrary.”

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has labeled an article claiming the agency plans to slaughter more than 40,000 wild horses as fake news.

A Jan. 30 article published by the website Native Indigenous American alleges that the Department of the Interior voted Jan. 27 to slaughter 67% of the wild horses remaining in the United States. The article alleges that the decision was a made following a congressional hearing during which beef industry representatives testified that the wild horses were “overpopulated and unhealthy.” The article also said the beef industry representatives “maintained that the only way to solve this population crisis humanely was the slaughter of 44,000 horses currently corralled by the BLM and to surgically sterilize all remaining wild horses, effectively eliminating the entire country’s population of wild horses.”

The article alleges the BLM would sell the horses to middlemen who would then sell them for processing in Canada and Mexico.

In response, Tom Gorey, BLM senior public affairs specialist, told The Horse the article was “fake news

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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