3.1.05

Spirit of Horses and Burros Act threatened

Since its' enactment in 1971 the Wild Horses and Burros Act has been charged with managing and maintaining the population of wild equines in the American west. The current administration recently broke with tradition and has provided additional funds to reduce the managed herds - the reason: to free up range land for increased cattle production.

The week-end before Thanksgiving Congress passed the omnibus Federal Appropriations bill. Hidden within this massive tome is rider #142 that strips federal protection for America's wild horses. Without public debate Congress opened the way for the animals to be slaughtered for profit. President Bush will sign the bill into law December 6.

Fate for many of these wild horses will be the dinner plates of Europe.


Portrait compliments of Christa Kroos

Read more at IF4H The International Fund for Horses.
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