Update: Tom Gorey of the BLM Responds
“The BLM’s position — that we do not sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughter — is stated clearly on our Quicks Facts page(http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/wh_b_information_center/Fact_Sheet.html) and on our Myths and Facts page http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/national/about/myths.html).”
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That is what pages on their website say. What do their activities say? -Editor.
Horseback Magazine reports that contents of a letter to a constituent from U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly of California implicates the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the slaughter of America’s wild horses.
In a letter dated February 10, Gallegly wrote, “I believe that the commercial sale and slaughter of free-roaming horses is a horrible and unnecessary practice. However, the BLM claims this slaughter is necessary due to overpopulation in holding pens and the rising cost of care for the animals.”
BLM Director Bob Abbey has stated that slaughter is not an option the agency uses, or will use, to rid them of the wild horses they roundup, including a speech made at the Summit of the Horse, referred to by advocates as the “Slaughter Summit.”