Viewing horses as little more than a commodity to be gotten rid of once their perceived usefulness is over is a trend that permeates horse welfare issues.
In this case officials at a Kansas prison are slashing the adoption fees for wild horses used as part of a prison inmate rehabilitation program.
There may be instances where someone will adopt a wild horse who has been tamed for adoption and give him or her a caring home at the reduced fee. However, there now may be instances where some or all of these horses will fall into the hands of a killer buyer, a middleman who purchases horses for slaughterhouses.
The BLM not surprisingly have made the massively reduced adoption fees possible. The prices have been slashed from $600 to $1,000 per horse to as low as the rock bottom price of $125.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports:
Some horses being trained by inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility are now available for adoption at the lowest price allowed under Kansas law.
The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/QztTVy) reports an expanded partnership between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Mustang Heritage Foundation allows the BLM to offer some horses for $125 apiece.
Between 14 and 18 minimum security inmates participate in the training program at any given time. The correctional center has areas designed to hold 350 horses in multiple enclosures and pens, all built by inmates using donated materials.
The report adds that the facility is also making untrained wild horses available for adoption at the new reduced rate.