Photo by Linda Hay.
In a remote part of California, the U.S. Forest Service is set to round up 1,000 wild horses and acknowledges that many of them could be sold to slaughter.
The first “horse gather” in more than a dozen years at Modoc National Forest, has alarmed activists. According to The American Wild Horse Campaign, the government is “exploiting a legal loophole” that will result in the slaughter of hundreds of animals.
The roundup is set to begin October 9th and last through the month, and will target 1,000 horses from a herd in the Devils Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory inside the national forest.
While the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees most of America’s wild horses and burros, prohibits selling them to slaughterhouses, the Forest Service is underneath the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which unfathomably has no such restriction.
While there is no excuse for this mass murder of innocent lives, the Forest Service is claiming that it is for “population management.”
The Forest Service previously followed Interior’s policy, but “The Trump Administration is starkly changing that policy,” according to the AWHC.
While all of the horses will be made available for adoption, after a 30-day period, all horses 10 years of age or older, an estimated 300 animals, will be made available for sale without limitations for $1.00 each; “allowing killer buyers to purchase a truckload of 36 horses once a week until they are gone, with the horses then shipped to Canada for slaughter,” according to the AWHC.
Suzanne Roy, executive director of the AWHC, said in a statement, “It’s a sad irony that the first federally protected wild horses in decades to be purposefully sold by the government for slaughter will come from California, a state where the cruel practice of horse slaughter has been banned since the 1990’s.”
The AWHC called on the Forest Service to make only incremental removals of horses “so that humane placement of horses can be assured.”
WAN also found a Red Alert with information on ways that people can help Today!
Call the Modoc National Forest at (530) 233-5811. Please be polite and respectful, but let them know that you strongly oppose their plan to allow federally-protected wild horses to be sold for slaughter. Demand that the Forest Service implement a humane management plan for the Devils Garden horses, that protects them as Congress and the American people intended.
Send an e-mail to Modoc National Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams HERE!