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Hundreds of wild horses in California set for round up, possible slaughter

The American Wild Horse Campaign says the government is exploiting a legal loophole that will result in the slaughter of hundreds of animals.

ANDREW SHEELER: ‘In a remote corner of California, the U.S. Forest Service is set to round up a thousand wild horses and acknowledges that many of them could be sold to distant slaughterhouses.

The first “horse gather” in Modoc National Forest, in northeast California, in more than a dozen years has alarmed activists. The government, says the The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), is “exploiting a legal loophole” that will result in the slaughter of hundreds of animals.

The roundup is set to begin Oct. 9 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. The purpose is to reduce a population that is well outside of Forest Service management levels, according to a Forest Service statement…

While all of the horses will be made available for adoption, after a 30-day period all horses 10 and older — an estimated 300 animals — will be made available for sale without limitations for $1 each, “allowing kill 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’. SOURCE…

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