May 19, 2005 – The nation's largest animal protection organization urged lawmakers to pass legislation Thursday that would protect wild mustangs from being slaughtered for their meat.
The Humane Society of the United States urged Congress to approve the bipartisan Rahall-Whitfield amendment to the Department of Interior's appropriations bill. The measure would repeal a law passed in December that allows older horses and those that are not adopted to be sold at auction, and restore language that for 34 years banned their commercial sale and slaughter.
A vote is expected today.
Each year, the US Bureau of Land Management rounds up thousands of the horses, most of them destined for adoption. But those that are not adopted can now be auctioned off.
Last month, six mustangs became the first known to have been slaughtered under the new law so their meat could be sold to foreign markets.