A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S. as early as next week.
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As if the politics of the West’s wild horses wasn’t confused and conflicted enough, the Navajo Nation is riding into the issue with a surprise move that could shift the balance of the protracted battle.
Some 150 wild horses that had been set to be auctioned off for possible slaughter after their removal from the range in Nevada have been granted a reprieve.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday it doesn’t intend to round up any more wild horses from a big herd in Northern Nevada for at least two years.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environment Department on Monday dealt a new blow to a Roswell company’s hard-fought attempts to begin slaughtering horses next month, declining a request to renew Valley Meat Co.’s wastewater discharge permit.
RENO — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.
In response to criticism from advocacy groups, federal land managers plan to hold a public workshop to solicit ideas on how to protect wild horses from excessive heat at a major holding facility near Reno.
The Bureau of Land Management is planning an emergency relocation of 50 wild horses in response to parched conditions at the Seaman Herd Area in Lincoln and Nye counties.
Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company’s application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.
Thirty U.S. representatives urged new U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday to make a priority out of reforming the government’s wild horse management program and its spiraling budget that they say has created an “untenable situation” for both the mustangs and taxpayers.