U-T San Diego reports:
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BONSALL — A Southern California animal rights group says it has rescued nearly two dozen wild horses captured in New Mexico and the animals are now being sheltered at a Bonsall ranch.
Most of the horses arrived Saturday, after being caught by state wildlife officials weeks ago in northwestern New Mexico just outside the Navajo Indian reservation.
The Navajo tribe has been embroiled in controversy over its efforts to control and thin the herds of thousands of wild horses that tribal leaders say are overgrazing and damaging tribal lands already ravaged by drought.
Animal rights activists say that nearly 2,000 wild horses were captured over a three-month period last year and that many of them were sold and ended up in slaughterhouses.
Roundups on the Navajo land ended late last year under an agreement brokered by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Donna Hummel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said the animals caught by the agency on federal land are relocated, put up for adoption or sold. She said the agency does not condone slaughtering horses but acknowledged that some of the horses sold in the past have ended up in slaughterhouses.
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— “Horse slaughter in New Mexico temporarily blocked by Court” [until Friday hearing]; Niagara Gazette; Jan. 1, 2014.
— Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Friday hearing set on horse slaughter: New Mexico’s attorney general will seek a restraining order to prevent a horse slaughter plant from opening”; Capital Press; Dec. 31, 2013.