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Report: More than 1,000 American wild horses sent to slaughter

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The American Wild Horse Campaign released a report Friday documenting that 1,020 federally-protected wild horses and burros have been sold at slaughter auctions in the last 22 months.

The campaign, dedicated to preserving the American wild horses and burros in free-roaming herds, cited records it accumulated through an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management's Adoption Incentive Program that started in 2019 and pays people $1,000 in taxpayer funds to adopt a wild, untamed horse or burro.

Wild horses are considered "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West" and are protected by the federal government, which also maintains the animals' populations and makes sure the animals are healthy. The wild horses and burros are found in 10 different western states, but Nevada has the highest population. The American Wild Horse Campaign also implements the world's largest wild horse fertility control programs in partnership with Nevada.


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