Trump’s budget would put America’s wild horses on dinner plates


President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would save an estimated $10 million in 2018 by allowing the United States’s wild horses to wind up on someone’s plate.

The U.S. has long rounded up and sold wild horses that roam through Nevada and other Western states, but buyers have always legally had to promise not to ship horses for slaughter. Horse slaughterhouses are outlawed in the U.S., but not in Mexico or Canada, nor in Europe, where horse meat is considered something of a treat. 

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Around 75,000 wild horses and burros roam the American West, according to National Geographic, to go along with about 45,000 kept in pastures controlled by the Bureau of Land Management or individual owners. Managing those 45,000 horses and burros drains the agency of about $50 million per year. Read more…

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