MORONGO BASIN — Two appropriations bills awaiting decision in Congress may have costly consequences for wild horses.
A bill funding the Department of the Interior would allow the Bureau of Land Management to euthanize free-roaming mustangs and burros, while an agriculture funding bill proposes to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the United States.
The Assembly’s Appropriations Committee approved the first bill, funding the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency in fiscal year 2018, July 18. An amendment made by Congressman Chris Stewart, of Utah, lifts a ban on the destruction on wild horses as long as they are not killed for commercial reasons.
The wild horse and burro population has been described by the Bureau of Land Management as unsustainable; there are an estimated 72,674 burros and wild horses as of March 1, which is 47,000 over the level the federal agency calculates would be appropriate for…
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